ERIC Number: EJ820005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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Reference Count: 14
NCME 2007 Presidential Address: The Concordance Table--An Invitation to Misuse Test Scores
Eignor, Daniel R.
Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, v27 n4 p30-33 Win 2008
This article discusses a particular type of concordance table and the potential for test score misuse that may result from employing such a table. The concordance that is discussed is typically created between scores on different, nonequatable versions of a test that share the same or close to the same test title. These concordance tables often appear in the context of relating scores on computerized adaptive and paper-and-pencil versions of the same test. When such a table is presented in a complete point-by-point fashion, relating each reported score on the scale of the new version of the test to a reported score on the scale of the old version of the test, test score users will typically treat the table as if it represented an equating of scores between the two versions, and directly replace scores on the new version of the test by scores on the old version. This clearly represents a misuse of the test scores. Suggestions for avoiding this misuse of test scores from concordance tables are provided.
Descriptors: Scores, Tables (Data), Comparative Analysis, Equated Scores, Misconceptions, Test Format
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