ERIC Number: ED221684
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Analysis of the Ohio Occupational Achievement Tests.
Validity of the Ohio Vocational Education Achievement Test Program (OVEATP) was studied by determining the correlation between test scores and job placement rates, job success rates, wages, and curriculum content. Performance on the 2 tests in the OVEATP--a general ability test and 1 of 25 occupational tests--was found to be moderately correlated. The correlation between test scores and job success, as measured by employers' ratings, was nonexistent. A positive correlation was found between results of four trade tests and wages. A comparison of a sample of OVEATP occupational/task/activity analyses for certain tests with related West Virginia competency-based curriculums (CBC) showed a lack of correspondence, which suggested the OVEATP is not testing what is being taught. A survey administered to vocational technical center directors, teachers, and employers showed that directors perceived the OVEATP more positively than did teachers. (Seventeen pages of data tables with survey results shown on questionnaire forms are provided.) Appendixes, amounting to approximately one-half of the report, include the National Center for Research in Vocational Education study of the relationship between test performance and post-high school experiences. Those results are summarized in the report and the comparison of the OVEATP and West Virginia CBC is also included. (YLB)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Administrator Attitudes, Correlation, Curriculum, Educational Research, Employer Attitudes, High Schools, Job Placement, Job Skills, Occupational Tests, Predictive Measurement, Secondary Education, Success, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Test Use, Test Validity, Vocational Education, Wages
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: West Virginia State Dept. of Education, Charleston. Bureau of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Tau Associates, Inc., Fairmont, WV.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia