ERIC Number: ED219246
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Development and Validation of a Set of Mathematical Problem-Solving Superitems. Executive Summary of the NIE/ECS Item Development Project.
Romberg, Thomas A.
This document describes seven steps that were followed to develop and validate a pool of mathematical problem-solving situations and a set of questions for each situation which were designed to provide information about students' qualitatively different levels of reasoning ability. For each stage a description is presented of the work that was carried out and what was accomplished. It is noted that a strategy of developing a set of "structured super-items" was followed for each of a set of problem-solving situations. It is concluded from this effort that a content-valid set of superitems was successfully constructed for administration. Further, construct validity of the items was established in relationship to an underlying theory of response outcomes, and the utility of the superitems was noted as demonstrated. It is felt that since the goals of the study were obtained, the way to a more useful set of items which could be used in large scale assessment projects has been pointed out. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.