ERIC Number: ED233836
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Wisconsin Title I Migrant Education. Section 143 Project: Development of an Item Bank. Summary Report.
Brown, Frank N.; And Others
The successful Wisconsin Title 1 project item bank offers a valid, flexible, and efficient means of providing migrant student tests in reading and mathematics tailored to instructor curricula. The item bank system consists of nine PASCAL computer programs which maintain, search, and select from approximately 1,000 test items stored on floppy disks and organized under 167 subskill and 24 skill areas within reading and mathematics. The bank also contains about 70 elementary and secondary level reading passages. A user's manual fully describes the system and explains how teachers with or without access to a computer can use it to generate tests. Currently, the system cannot manage math problems using characters not on the keyboard, long story problems, or problems using graphic illustrations or extended tables. Also, the programs must be translated to BASIC, filed items must be tested for difficulty, and the language arts area must be implemented. Nevertheless, the system is the first functional item bank of its kind for use by LEAs with or without hardware. With additional data sources and more time, the item bank system will easily compete with expensive commercial banks. Appendices contain the text of five of the programs and the filed test items. (SB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Migrant Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin