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ERIC Number: ED291805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May-5
Pages: 5
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Misinterpreting and Misusing Tests: Some New Ways.
Green, Donald Ross
The use of item banks and item response theory has resulted in new ways to misinterpret and misuse tests through customized, yet standardized, achievement test batteries. The new test batteries create the possibility of serious misunderstandings based on the idea that any subset of items from the pool with a proper range of difficulties will produce scores that can reasonably be interpreted using national norms. System personnel may believe that they can select items from the nationally normed pool in accord with their preferences. Items chosen to be "fair" to a local area will provide higher scores than will a representative sample. The effect of local scales cannot be ignored in comparing local and national norms. If carefully used, the new tests can provide useful information. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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