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ERIC Number: ED356386
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Testing and the Curriculum: Proceed with Caution.
Wadleigh, Sandra L.; And Others
A study compared the performance of 44 applicants seeking admission to an alternative high school (n=19) and nursing assistant program (n=25) at a Wisconsin postsecondary institution on the Assessment of Student Skills for Entry Transfer (ASSET) test and the Nelson-Denny Reading Test. (Applicants who did not achieve a minimum score on ASSET then took the Nelson-Denny.) The hypothesis was that there would be no significant differences in applicants' performance as shown by the raw scores on the two tests. Three test cycles were scheduled. All 44 subjects took ASSET in the first test cycle. Subjects who were determined by a coin toss to be tested in cycle two with the Nelson-Denny and cycle three with ASSET were labeled Group 1 (n=21). Those who were determined by coin toss to be tested in cycle two with ASSET and cycle three with the Nelson-Denny were labeled Group 2 (n=23). A dependent t-test was used to analyze data. Students' performance on ASSET was significantly different from their performance on the Nelson-Denny. Students' performance on ASSET was also significantly different from their performance on a retest with the ASSET. The hypothesis was rejected in four of the five comparisons between performance on the ASSET and performance on the Nelson-Denny. It was recommended that multiple tests used for educational decisions such as placement must measure the same things and must measure what the curriculum deals with. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Nelson Denny Reading Tests