ERIC Number: ED217048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Handbook of Criterion-Referenced Testing: Development, Evaluation, and Use.
Shaycoft, Marion F.
Focusing on the use of "paper and pencil" criterion-referenced tests in educational measurement, and to correct misconceptions, the definitions of basic terms and historical antecedents are discussed. Classifications of the tests are compared with other achievement tests. The phases in developing criterion-referenced tests are presented with the need, development and use of norms. Test uses are categorized and a standard of competence, the setting of cutting scores, and the formative and summative evaluation roles are discussed. Reliability, validity and accuracy are considered in evaluating tests themselves. The summary includes a list of the misconceptions discussed with suggestions on approaches in relating behavioral objectives to test items. The appendices include a problematic method for setting the cutting score and the accuracy analogues of various standard statistics. Tables and figures illustrate the book. (CM)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational Testing, Evaluation Methods, Measurement Techniques, Test Construction, Test Theory, Test Use
Garland STPM Press, 136 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10016.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.