ERIC Number: ED307323
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Teachers Develop Valid and Reliable Assessments: Our Experience in Illinois.
Mayo, Samuel T.
While Illinois educational officials developed a uniform assessment manual to accompany standardized tests, a companion handbook was developed by a consultant for use with teacher- and district-made tests. Criterion-referenced or mastery tests were the subject of the handbook. The handbook was designed to assess content validity as well as provide "split-half" and internal consistency information to determine test reliability. Statistical methods incorporated into the handbook utilized classical as well as the simpler, criterion-referenced methods. A training videotape is designed to accompany the handbook, and it includes short student performances of five skills; the tape is designed for use during inservice training as a means of illustrating actual performance upon which the trainees can hone their rating abilities. Specific topics covered in the handbook include establishment of testing objectives, development of paper-and-pencil tests, performance or product assessments, establishment of levels of reliability of paper-and-pencil tests and performance ratings, objectives and assignments related to performance assessments, rating performance, rating scales and checklists and scoring, and interrater reliability. A copy of the handbook's detailed table of contents is appended. (TJH)
Descriptors: Content Validity, Criterion Referenced Tests, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Guides, Inservice Teacher Education, Interrater Reliability, Mastery Tests, Performance Based Assessment, School Districts, Scoring, Secondary School Teachers, Standardized Tests, Teacher Made Tests, Test Construction, Test Manuals, Test Reliability, Videotape Recordings
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois