ERIC Number: ED206710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
The Development and Analysis of a Test in Life Science for Middle School Students.
Singh, Balwant; And Others
It is suggested that most standardized science tests do not adequately assess the majority of concepts taught as part of the very diversified middle school science curriculum. The 50-item Life Science Test constructed by Portland Public Schools, Maine, herein presented, aims to resolve this inadequacy. The 40-minute multiple choice test incorporates items dealing with: science study skills; community relations; living and non-living factors in the environment; adaptation of the organisms to their environment; terrestrial and marine environment. Directions concerning test administration are provided for the test administrator and instructions for the student are incorporated in the test. The test was administered as a pretest and posttest to more than 300 grade 7 students. Appended to the test sample are the resulting reliability (standardized Alpha) estimates which range between .65 and .73, and a specification table which lists the number of items testing knowledge or recall and comprehension for each concept. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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