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ERIC Number: ED265585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-8
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Developing and Administering a State-Wide Speech Placement Testing Program.
Cohen, Allan S.
Placement testing programs are generally designed to place students into courses for which they are best prepared, to reduce administrative costs due to students dropping and adding courses because of poor placement decisions, and to provide faculty with information concerning students' levels of preparation well in advance of the first day of classes. The objectives of such programs are to provide students with an easily accessible place to take their placement tests, to reduce the amount of retesting needed if students transfer between university campuses, and to provide faculty with advance information concerning students' selection and levels of preparation. Development of the tests must follow a well-defined set of procedures. First, a set of objectives must be identified, and a sampling included on any one form of the test and test questions constructed to measure them. After editing, a pilot test is run and, if necessary, questions are revised or replaced and a pilot test is run again. The final version of the test is then prepared, and a description of the test and how it is intended to be used is distributed to high school and university faculty in speech and communication arts. The monitoring is done by studying the test items after each administration to see that they continue to function as expected. New items and new test forms should be developed to prevent the test from losing its effectiveness and to enable it to respond to course content change. (EL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A