Accession Number : ADP001423

Title :   Matching Instruction and Tests,

Corporate Author : AMERICAN INST FOR BIOSOCIAL RESEARCH TACOMA WA

Personal Author(s) : Baker,Eva L.

Report Date : 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : This paper puts forth the thesis that much of extant testing practice is wasteful owing more to habit, routine, and appeal to dysfunctional theory than to the actual decision needs the tests are intended to serve. An analysis of tests by decision purpose and focus is presented. Articulation across different decision foci may be achieved by attending to the task level. This level is critical both to the assessment and certification of competency and to the design of instruction. Other decision needs may be served by sampling and aggregating analyses from the task level. A specific procedure is presented for dealing with the match between instruction and test tasks, and a research agenda to resolve critical issues is discussed. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Aptitude tests, *Test construction(Psychology), *Instructional materials, *Performance(Human), *Comprehension, Decision making, Problem solving, Students, Error analysis, Standardization, Specifications, Education, Skills, Measurement, Validation, Reliability, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE