ERIC Number: ED370957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Development and Evaluation of a Visual Arts Achievement Test.
Internal structure and external validity of 39 multiple-choice visual arts achievement test items were examined. These items were developed to assess grade 3 visual arts achievement for a statewide model of a fine arts curriculum. Item responses were evaluated in terms of: (1) fit to the one-parameter Rasch measurement model; (2) item-total correlations and alpha reliability; (3) total score comparisons between art- and non-art-educated groups in kindergarten, grade 3, grade 7, and high school (over 900 students in all); and (4) comparison of art- and non-art-educated groups on six components of visual learning. Most items generally fit a unidimensional measurement model, with good alpha reliability, although six items showed marginal or poor fit. Art-educated students scored higher in each grade, and when items were grouped into the six components of visual arts achievement, art- and non-art-educated students differed significantly as expected, except for knowledge of tools, where no significant difference was noted. This method of assessment appears reliable and valid for children in grade 3 and may be useful for older children as well. An appendix contains a long table of curriculum objectives and interval structure. (Contains 26 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Art Education, Content Validity, Correlation, Educational Assessment, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Grade 3, Grade 7, High School Students, Item Response Theory, Kindergarten, Reliability, Scores, Test Construction, Test Items, Test Validity, Visual Arts
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Board of Education, IL.