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Nuttall, Desmond L.; Stobart, Gordon – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1994
National curriculum assessment in England and Wales is explored, focusing on its troubled implementation. The work of the Task Group on Assessment and Testing and teacher resistance to the mandated testing are discussed. Experiences in England and Wales provide insight into what can be expected in a national assessment system. (SLD)
Descriptors: British National Curriculum, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational History
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Feuer, Michael J.; Fulton, Kathleen – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1994
Findings are summarized from a comparative analysis of education-examination practices in selected European and Asian countries. The review of testing practices in other countries reveals that these practices are in transition in most countries. A central lesson is that changing teaching can lead to changes in testing. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Developed Nations
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McMillan, James H.; And Others – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1995
Systematic empirical research is used to investigate the feasibility of using socioeconomic status (SES) ratings by school principals as an alternative to more costly SES measures. Studies with 85 principals and 19 central office administrators support the approach as a credible proxy measure of SES. (SLD)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Measurement Techniques
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Kingsbury, G. Gage – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1990
Application of computer-assisted testing (CAT) to measurement in the Portland (Oregon) Public Schools is described. Focus is on MicroCAT's developmental subsystem, which allows creation of items and test design specifications. Changes in CAT procedures allowing MicroCAT to function in existing testing systems and uses/limitations of MicroCAT…
Descriptors: Adaptive Testing, Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Software Evaluation, Elementary Secondary Education
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Olsen, James B.; And Others – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1990
The development, school district implementation, and initial validation of the Wicat Skills Assessment Test--a computerized testing system for state assessment objectives--are described. Testing with 10,000 students in grades 3, 5, 7, and 9 began in Texas in 1986-87 and 1987-88. Results support the feasibility for districtwide computerized…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Educational Assessment, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education
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Willis, John A. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1990
The Learning Outcome Testing Program of the West Virginia Department of Education is designed to provide public school teachers/administrators with test questions matching learning outcomes. The approach, software selection, results of pilot tests with teachers in 13 sites, and development of test items for item banks are described. (SLD)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Managed Instruction, Elementary Secondary Education
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Switzer, Deborah M.; Connell, Michael L. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1990
Two easy-to-use microcomputer programs, the Student Problem Package and the Test Analysis Package, both by D. L. Harnisch et al. (1985), are described. These programs efficiently analyze test data for teachers. (SLD)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Software, Data Analysis
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Reckase, Mark D. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1989
Requirements for adaptive testing are reviewed, and the reasons implementation has taken so long are explored. The adaptive test is illustrated through the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale of L. M. Terman and M. A. Merrill (1960). Current adaptive testing is tied to the development of item response theory. (SLD)
Descriptors: Adaptive Testing, Educational Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Latent Trait Theory
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Roid, Gale H. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1989
Some software packages currently available for item writing and item banking are reviewed. Eleven test-generation and three item-banking packages are listed. Users trained in item response theory can find a great deal of power in a desk-top system. (SLD)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Software Reviews, Computer Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Hsu, Tse-chi; Yu, Lifa – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1989
How computers are used to analyze item data is reviewed, and the information that existing item-analysis programs provide is described. Summaries of studies comparing the performance of some of these packages reveal some of their current limitations. Emphasis is on the usefulness to educational practice of these packages. (SLD)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Software, Computer Software Reviews, Computer Uses in Education
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Stone, Clement A. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1989
MicroCAT version 3.0--an integrated test development, administration, and analysis system--is reviewed in this first article of a series on testing software. A framework for comparing testing software is presented. The strength of this package lies in the development, banking, and administration of items composed of text and graphics. (SLD)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Software, Computer Software Reviews, Data Analysis
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Airasian, Peter W. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1988
Conditions under which measurement-driven instruction might produce its expected results are discussed, with reference to test stakes, performance standards, and the nature of content assessment. Under some conditions, instruction driven by measurement may corrupt the measurement process. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Content Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness
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Hoover, H. D. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1988
Developmental standard score scales produce unrealistic expectations for growth of low-achieving students only if the low-achieving students are tested in an inappropriate way. Examples illustrate the unrealistic nature of such score scales when applied to the testing of learning disabled and Chapter One students. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Achievement Tests, Elementary Secondary Education
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Norris, Stephen P. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1988
A methodology for developing multiple-choice critical thinking tests is described, which attempts to overcome certain problems of validity and fairness associated with such tests. It is concluded that direct evidence on test validity should be gathered using verbal reports of students' thinking on trial items. (TJH)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Critical Thinking, Culture Fair Tests, Elementary Secondary Education
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Mehrens, William A.; Kaminski, John – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1989
The increased use of test scores as a measure of school quality is discussed. Legitimate and illegitimate practices of test preparation are considered. Some commercial test preparation programs are reviewed, with some conclusions about their effectiveness and desirability. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education
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