ERIC Number: ED205894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reading Tests Don't Cheat, Do They?
Stetson, Elton G.
After employees of private firms completed several rapid reading classes and achieved remarkable gains on the Nelson-Denny Reading Test, the question was raised as to whether the increases in scores were due to the increased number of items attempted on the posttest. A preliminary analysis indicated that students attempted an average of 14.6 and 4.2 additional items on the vocabulary and comprehension tests respectively. Protocols of the posttest were rescored to determine percentile ranks on the same number of items that had been completed on the pretest. Percentile scores were then recorded for the pretest, posttest, and adjusted posttest for the 60 students in the study. Computations between various scores showed that the gains on the vocabulary test and on the comprehension test were due to the increase in the number of items attempted on the posttest. The results also indicated that when the posttest scores were adjusted to control for the number of items attempted, there were mean losses on the vocabulary and comprehension tests. The findings suggest that the validity of such tests to measure growth in a rapid reading course are highly suspect. (Author/HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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