ERIC Number: ED229595
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Development of a Program Specific Locator Test. Final Report.
Benn, Robert J.
A project was undertaken to develop a series of program-specific vocational locator tests (PSVLTs) that would consist of subject-specific questions in three academic disciplines--writing, reading, and mathematics--for use in predicting vocational students' success in their vocational programs. As a prelude to constructing the tests, project staff developed an item bank of content area questions designed to assess student abilities in the following basic skill areas: writing (capitalization, punctuation, spelling, parts of speech, parts of a sentence, usage and sentence structure, vocabulary, and reference skills); reading skills; and mathematics skills (whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, and algebra). After developing approximately 400 such questions and after determining the skill level categories and subcategories of each area addressed, project staff developed tests for use in the school's motorcycle repair, secretarial science, and criminal justice programs. Beginning in the fall of 1982, these tests will be used to determine which students are deficient in specific academic areas and to refer them to specific remedial instructional programs. Depending upon the success of these pilot locator tests, the college will explore expanding the PSVLTs to all vocational programs offered by the institution. (The three tests and user instructions are appended.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington State Commission for Vocational Education, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Fort Steilacoom Community Coll., Tacoma, WA.