ERIC Number: ED236251
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Arizona Teacher Proficiency Examination of the Basic Skills. A Special Report.
Martin, Michael T.
The Arizona Tax Research Association analyzed the Arizona Teacher Proficiency Examination (ATPE). An item analysis of the 150 questions administered to 2,430 applicants from July 1982 through March 1983 was undertaken. A minimum point biserial correlation coefficient of .33 indicated the validity of an item. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of the items on the Reading section of the ATPE appear to be invalid, while 32 percent of the questions on the Math and 20 percent of the questions on the Grammar sections appear invalid. The discriminant validity of the ATPE is seriously questioned by this finding. (BW)
Descriptors: Correlation, Elementary Secondary Education, Item Analysis, Screening Tests, State Programs, Teacher Evaluation, Test Items, Test Validity, Testing Programs
Arizona Tax Research Association, 1814 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona Tax Research Association, Phoenix.