ERIC Number: ED376204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Remodeling Our View of Assessment: The Test Giver as Instrument.
Carlson, Janet F.
It is generally assumed that test administrators are accurate and dependable, and that the psychometric properties of validity and reliability applied to test givers are at acceptably high levels. The test giver is thought to have been standardized through training reinforced by experience. This paper considers validity and reliability in relation to test givers regarded as instruments of measurement. The test giver may be regarded as part of the instrument he or she uses, or the giver may be seen as the master instrument in charge of the others. It must be acknowledged that there are differences among test administrators. To ensure the best assessment by the test giver as instrument of assessment, the following must be addressed: (1) acknowledging that the giver is a person; (2) not reviewing a child's records before the assessment; (3) referring to other reports before drafting one's own; (4) talking to other test givers regularly, particularly about scoring; (5) providing training on the issue of behavioral observations; and (6) ensuring that test developers acknowledge the role of the test giver. Two tables illustrate the discussion. (Contains 38 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (Seattle, WA, March 1994).