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Achievement tests

  1. 1. Achievement tests
  2. 2. Achievement tests Any test that measures the accomplishments of an individual after a period of training or learning…………. NM Downie The type of ability test that describes what a person has learned to do………Throndike and Hagen
  3. 3. Functions of achievement test Provides basis for promotion to next grade. Find out where each student stands in various academic areas. Motivate the students before a new assignment has taken up. Expose pupil’s difficulties which the teacher can help them to solve.
  4. 4. CHARACTERISTICS OF ACHIEVEMENT TESTS RELIABILITY The degree of accuracy with which an exam, test measures, what it seeks to measure a given variable. A test good reliability means that the test taker will obtain the same test score over repeated testing as long as no other extraneous factors have affected the score.
  5. 5.  A good instrument will produce consistent scores. An instrument’s reliability is estimated using a correlation coefficient of one type or another.
  6. 6. VALIDITY Validity is the quality of a test which measures what it is supposed to measure. It is the degree to which evidence, common sense, or theory supports any interpretations or conclusions about a student based on his/her test performance.
  7. 7.  A test is valid when it produces consistent scores over time. measures what it intends to measure. can be objectively scored. has representative norms.
  8. 8.  Ease in administration:A test is good only when the conditions of answering are simple (scientific and logical). Its instruction should be simple and clear. Cost:A good test should be in expensive, not only from the view point of money but also from the view point of time and effort taken in the construction of a test. Fortunately there is no direct relationship between cost and
  9. 9. TimeGenerally the time given to students is always in short supply however the students too do not accept very long tests. Therefore a test should neither be very long nor very short. Acceptability:A good test should be acceptable to student to whom its being given without regard to any specific situation that is the question given in the test should be neither very difficult nor very easy.
  10. 10.  Objectivity: A test is objective when the scorer’s personal judgment doesnt affect the scoring. Equilibrium: Achievement of the correct proportion among questions allotted to each of the objectives & teaching content.
  11. 11.  Specificity: The items in a test should be specific to the objectives. Precise & clear: Items should be precise, clear so that the students can answer well and score marks.
  12. 12. ACHIEVEMENT TEST TEACHER MADE STANDARDIZED TEST TESTS Written Oral PracticalEssay type Short Objective answer type type
  13. 13. STANDARDIZED TESTS Standardization means uniformity of procedure in scoring, administering and interpreting the results. A standardized test is one in which the procedure, apparatus, and scoring have been fixed so that precisely the same test can be given at different times and places. (Lee J Cronbach)
  14. 14.  Standardized tool is one for which norms have been established. A standardized test is prepared after several trials of a test to a large number of students.
  15. 15. CHARACTERISTICS OF STANDARDIZED TESTS Content is standardized- item-selection done by competent judges Administration is standardized- direction, time limits. Scoring has been standardized - rules of rules, scoring key are prepared Interpretation has been standardized- norms are provided
  16. 16. IMPORTANCE OF STANDARDIZED TESTS Give impartial information about an individual Provides information in much less time than provided by any other devices. Tests measures those aspects of behaviors which otherwise could not be obtained. In subjective observation we may overlook shy children but these tests discover such cases also.
  17. 17. TYPES OF STANDARDIZEDTESTS Aptitude tests Attitude tests Intelligence tests Interest tests Personality tests
  18. 18. TEACHER MADE TEST Teachers made tests are classroom tests and are developed by the teachers. These tests assess students learning every period of time or after a particular unit of study.
  19. 19. FEATURES OF TEACHER- MADE TEST Assess degree of student’s progress with reference to classroom activities. Help the teacher to assess individual pupil’s strengths and weaknesses and needs. Motivate the students Simple to use. Provide feedback for teachers as to assess the effectiveness of teaching methods.
  20. 20. LIMITATIONS OF TEACHER- MADE TEST Tests are ambiguous and unclear. Tests are either too short or too lengthy. Tests do not cover the entire content. Tests serve limited purpose. Tests are usually hurriedly conducted.
  21. 21. ELEMENTS STANDARDARIZED TEACHER-MADE TESTS TESTPURPOSE Measurement of Measure the outcome educational outcomes of of a teacher’s teaching students of a number of or outcome of learning schools. in his class.SCOPE Its scope is very wide. Its scope is limited.ACCURACY More accurate Less accurateREFINEMENT They are duly edited. It is crude.NORMS Provides norms Doesn’t contain norms
  22. 22. ELEMENTS STANDARDARIZED TEACHER-MADE TESTS TESTSOURCES Uses several sources – Based on experience of teachers, experts, teacher research workersPUBLICATION Published Not publishedCOVERAGE OF Covers state or Covers small area ofCURRICULUM regional curriculum curriculum.