Assessing the Generic Outcomes of College: Selections from by Gary R. Pike

By Gary R. Pike

What does collage train, particularly? As calls for for responsibility accentuate, significant size of wide collage results turns into more and more vital. right here, you are going to take a trip in the course of the heritage of review tools, beginning with the construction of the 1st basic results review instruments within the Eighties. you are going to persist with the evolution of the instruments, writing and important pondering, and at last the idea that of value-added research, an beautiful yet elusive target for assessors.

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Changes in the test included significantly lower intercorrelations among the four skills dimensions and a 40-minute short form that could be administered in a standard class period. Also, ETS began using scaled scores for total score and the seven subscores. Related to the first change, factor analyses identified three factors as being measured in the skill areas: writing, mathematics, and reading/ critical thinking. The factor structure of the Academic Profile II allowed development of several new performance-level (criterion-referenced) indicators.

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Relationships between skill and content scores by proportion of the core curriculum completed also indicated that these scores are positively related to quantity of coursework. As previously noted, factor analysis of item-type scores from the Academic Profile II indicates the existence of three underlying factors corresponding to writing, mathematics, and reading/critical thinking. The results are presented by ETS as evidence of the construct validity of the criterion-referenced proficiency level scores on the test.

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