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ERIC Number: EJ774063
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0094-1956
The Table of Specifications: Insuring Accountability in Teacher Made Tests
Notar, Charles E.; Zuelke, Dennis C.; Wilson, Janell D.; Yunker, Barbara D.
Journal of Instructional Psychology, v31 n2 p115-129 Jun 2004
Teachers have been in the era of accountability for some time. There is an increased demand for accountability and the use of non-referenced testing with President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" initiatives. However, there is a growing demand for less reliance on standardized tests. Admission decisions to colleges and universities are being made with less emphasis on using standardized test scores and more on other criteria such as Grade Point Averages (GPAs). GPA is a standard of accountability. However, when you compare GPA and standardized test scores there are frequently differences among students GPA and scores on a standardized test, sometimes very large differences. From the literature we know standardized tests are valid. The question needs to be asked if GPAs are a valid measures of student achievement. GPAs are based in large measure on teacher made tests. If teacher made tests are not valid, how can a students GPA be valid? This paper looks at teacher made tests and validity. The use of a Table of Specifications can provide teacher made tests validity. This paper provides the why a Table should be used and how to construct a Table for their assessment purposes. (Contains 1 table, 8 charts and 1 figure.)
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Language: English
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