ERIC Number: ED392846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-18
Scoring Issues in Selected Statewide Assessment Programs Using Non-Multiple-Choice Formats.
Kahl, Stuart R.
Although few question the positive impacts alternative forms of assessment can have on instruction, concerns about the psychometric quality of data obtained from such assessments are taking their toll. Scoring issues are at the heart of many of these concerns. This paper addresses the causes of these concerns: misinformation about psychometric quality of different modes of performance assessment and resistance to applying existing, sound measurement practices in some performance-based assessment programs. Specific topics addressed include: (1) reliability of open-response tests; (2) double-scoring versus using more items; (3) unique problems of portfolios; (4) characteristics of scoring rubrics; (5) general scoring guides; (6) questions that do not allow "entry" for all students; (7) quantitative scoring rubrics; (8) equating issues; (9) giving scoring information to students; and (10) issues in writing scoring rubrics. The four exhibits include a general scoring guide and sample test items with scoring rubrics. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).