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Testing instrument

  1. 1. Name of Testing or Screening Instrument Student Name Date EDUU325
  2. 2. Instrument Purpose <ul><li>What is the intended purpose of this test? </li></ul><ul><li>What is being measured or assessed? </li></ul><ul><li>What reason would you have to give this test? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this a norm-referenced or criterion-referenced test? </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a full description of the purpose. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Type of Test <ul><li>Explain what kind of test this is and what kinds of test items are used. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Screening test? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diagnostic test? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language test? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Achievement Test? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Describe how this test it is given (oral, performance, written, etc). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Developmental Domain <ul><li>What developmental domain does this test examine? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Motor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cognitive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>social-emotional </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Explain. </li></ul><ul><li>Describe. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Age and Target Group <ul><li>For what age group is this test designed? </li></ul><ul><li>Who would be considered an appropriate subject for this assessment? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this test aimed at a specific group of children? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this test focused on a specific or exceptional need? </li></ul><ul><li>Does this test require an appropriate length of time for this age or target group? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Scoring <ul><li>How are the test items scored? </li></ul><ul><li>Is scoring done by hand? </li></ul><ul><li>How much time does the scoring take to complete? </li></ul><ul><li>Does scoring require a computer? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you need to send your results to another administrator for scoring? If so: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>how much does it cost? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how long will it take? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Results <ul><li>How will the results be used in the classroom? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this a high stakes assessment> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If so, how will this affect the child’s future? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How will these results help: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the child? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the teacher? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the parent? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the school? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Reliability <ul><li>How was reliability established? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this test a consistent assessment tool? </li></ul><ul><li>Has the result of the test been consistent even after being repeated with a large population of individuals or groups? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the test stable even when administered by different raters? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the test have a small standard of error? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Validity <ul><li>Does the test measure what it is designed to measure? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the test serve the purpose for which it is being used? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the test meaningful for your purposes? </li></ul><ul><li>Do the test items measure what the test objectives indicate they measure? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sensitivity and Specificity <ul><li>Is this instrument fair for all children? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this test sensitive to cultural, ethnic, and linguistic differences? </li></ul><ul><li>What biases might there be in the test items? </li></ul><ul><li>Will English learners have difficulty understanding the language and wording of the test items? </li></ul><ul><li>Does this test require that the subject read the test items or write/draw responses? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Practicality and Cost <ul><li>How much time will this test take to give? </li></ul><ul><li>Can early childhood teachers administer the test? </li></ul><ul><li>What expertise is required of the test administrator? </li></ul><ul><li>Does administering the test require special training? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the publisher provide training? </li></ul><ul><li>How expensive is the test instrument? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Resources <ul><li>List your resources and websites. </li></ul><ul><li>Pearson Early Childhood Testing Instruments </li></ul>