ERIC Number: ED344416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Determining the Effectiveness of Educational Services: Assessment Issues.
Callahan, Carolyn M.
Various issues in determining the effectiveness of educational services for gifted students are considered in this chapter. First, the limitations of standardized instruments are identified. These include narrowness of assessment (usually only across traditional curricular areas), invalidity in assessing program goals (which may not correspond to test areas), ceiling effects (an insufficient range of items at the upper end of the continuum), and regression to the mean (a statistical phenomenon which may hide actual growth in achievement). Alternative assessment strategies are then proposed such as locally developed assessment instruments, out-of-level assessment, multiple assessment, assessment in nontraditional areas or in traditional areas using nontraditional means. The issue of standards in gifted program evaluation is discussed noting the effect of national achievement standards on assessing gifted student achievement and changes in grade equivalency scores as standards. Finally, both the use of control groups to determine outcomes and the use of qualitative evaluation strategies are considered. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Note: In: Challenges in Gifted Education: Developing Potential and Investing in Knowledge for the 21st Century; see EC 301 131.