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ERIC Number: EJ957922
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0969-594X
Differential Outcomes in High-Stakes Eleven Plus Testing: The Role of Gender, Geography, and Assessment Design in Trinidad and Tobago
De Lisle, Jerome; Smith, Peter; Keller, Carol; Jules, Vena
Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, v19 n1 p45-64 2012
High-stakes placement testing at eleven plus remains a central and constant feature of education systems in the Anglophone Caribbean. In the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the Eleven Plus has been retained well into the era of universal secondary education, with a perceived legitimacy founded on the belief that examinations provide the fairest mechanism for allocating secondary school places. This study makes use of full cohort data from 1995 to 2005 to analyse Eleven Plus performance and placement outcomes for gender, geography, and assessment design changes. Data for the 279,904 students show that a 2001 assessment redesign led to larger gender differences in Language Arts and composite scores. For both the pre- and post-2001 assessment designs, placement within a first-choice school and assignment to a remedial track varied by geographic location, with variations larger after 2001. These patterns point to potential fairness issues within the placement system. (Contains 3 figures, 2 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Trinidad and Tobago