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Mao, Liyang; Liu, Ou Lydia; Roohr, Katrina; Belur, Vinetha; Mulholland, Matthew; Lee, Hee-Sun; Pallant, Amy – Educational Assessment, 2018
Scientific argumentation is one of the core practices for teachers to implement in science classrooms. We developed a computer-based formative assessment to support students' construction and revision of scientific arguments. The assessment is built upon automated scoring of students' arguments and provides feedback to students and teachers.…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Science Tests, Scoring, Automation
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Rios, Joseph A.; Sparks, Jesse R.; Zhang, Mo; Liu, Ou Lydia – ETS Research Report Series, 2017
Proficiency with written communication (WC) is critical for success in college and careers. As a result, institutions face a growing challenge to accurately evaluate their students' writing skills to obtain data that can support demands of accreditation, accountability, or curricular improvement. Many current standardized measures, however, lack…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Test Validity, Writing Tests, College Outcomes Assessment
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Zhu, Mengxiao; Lee, Hee-Sun; Wang, Ting; Liu, Ou Lydia; Belur, Vinetha; Pallant, Amy – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This study investigates the role of automated scoring and feedback in supporting students' construction of written scientific arguments while learning about factors that affect climate change in the classroom. The automated scoring and feedback technology was integrated into an online module. Students' written scientific argumentation occurred…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Climate, Change, Persuasive Discourse
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Roohr, Katrina Crotts; Liu, Huili; Liu, Ou Lydia – Studies in Higher Education, 2017
This study examines learning gains of college students' performance in critical thinking, reading, writing, and mathematics as assessed by the ETS Proficiency Profile (EPP). In this study, students' college learning gain was estimated by calculating the score differences between their first and last test administrations. Results revealed that (a)…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, College Students, Achievement Gains, Critical Thinking
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Liu, Ou Lydia; Klieger, David M.; Bochenek, Jennifer L.; Holtzman, Steven L.; Xu, Jun – ETS Research Report Series, 2016
International institutions have been increasingly using the "GRE"® revised General Test to admit students to graduate programs.However, little is known about how scores from the GRE revised General Test are used in the admission process outside of the United States and their validity in predicting graduate students' performance (e.g.,…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Graduate Study, Test Use, Scores
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Liu, Ou Lydia – ETS Research Report Series, 2008
The Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education emphasizes accountability in higher education as one of the key areas of interest. The Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) was developed to evaluate the effectiveness of general public college education. This study examines how student progress in college, indicated by…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Assessment, Academic Achievement, Scores