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Agat : Acer General Ability Tests : Teacher Manual, Andrew Stephanou, Mark Butler, Daniel Urbach, Prue Anderson Sep 2015

Agat : Acer General Ability Tests : Teacher Manual, Andrew Stephanou, Mark Butler, Daniel Urbach, Prue Anderson

Prue Anderson

ACER General Ability Tests (AGAT) is a series of tests designed to assist teachers of students aged seven to sixteen years (approximately Year 2 to Year 10) in their assessment of students' general reasoning ability. There are nine AGAT test booklets that have been developed especially -but not exclusively - for use in Australian schools. Each of the tests assesses students' reasoning skills in three areas: Verbal; Numerical; Abstract (visual).


Torch : Tests Of Reading Comprehension, Leila Mossenson, Andrew Stephanou, Margaret Forster, Geoff Masters, Margaret Mcgregor, Prue Anderson, Peter Hill Sep 2015

Torch : Tests Of Reading Comprehension, Leila Mossenson, Andrew Stephanou, Margaret Forster, Geoff Masters, Margaret Mcgregor, Prue Anderson, Peter Hill

Prue Anderson

This set of twelve reading tests is designed to assist teachers of students from Year 3 to Year 10 in their assessment of students' reading comprehension skills. Each of the twelve reading tests consists of a reading passage and a corresponding answer sheet.


Progressive Achievement Tests In Reading : Comprehension, Vocabulary And Spelling, Andrew Stephanou, Prue Anderson, Daniel Urbach Sep 2015

Progressive Achievement Tests In Reading : Comprehension, Vocabulary And Spelling, Andrew Stephanou, Prue Anderson, Daniel Urbach

Prue Anderson

The ACER Progressive Achievement Tests in Reading Fourth Edition (PAT Reading Fourth Edition) is a major revision of this Australian test of achievement in reading. The PAT Reading Fourth Edition is a researched and normed test for measuring student achievement in reading comprehension, word knowledge and spelling. It is designed to help teachers assess the pre-reading, reading comprehension, vocabulary knowledge and spelling skills of students from the first year of school to Year 10; and it provides teachers with objective information for setting realistic learning goals and planning effective programs. The PAT Reading Fourth Edition contains eleven normed and graded ...


Torch : Tests Of Reading Comprehension, Leila Mossenson, Andrew Stephanou, Margaret Forster, Geoff N. Masters, Margaret Mcgregor, Prue Anderson, Peter Hill Aug 2014

Torch : Tests Of Reading Comprehension, Leila Mossenson, Andrew Stephanou, Margaret Forster, Geoff N. Masters, Margaret Mcgregor, Prue Anderson, Peter Hill

Prof Geoff Masters AO

This set of twelve reading tests is designed to assist teachers of students from Year 3 to Year 10 in their assessment of students' reading comprehension skills. Each of the twelve reading tests consists of a reading passage and a corresponding answer sheet.


Developing Large-Scale Assessments, Ray Philpot Dec 2013

Developing Large-Scale Assessments, Ray Philpot

Ray Philpot

A seminar on large-scale assessment given to a post-graduate class at Boston College, USA. In this seminar I discussed concepts in measurement theory, explained the principles for developing large-scale assessments and gave practical advice on how high quality tests can be constructed.


Agat : Acer General Ability Tests : Teacher Manual, Andrew Stephanou, Mark Butler, Daniel Urbach, Prue Anderson Jul 2013

Agat : Acer General Ability Tests : Teacher Manual, Andrew Stephanou, Mark Butler, Daniel Urbach, Prue Anderson

Mark Butler

ACER General Ability Tests (AGAT) is a series of tests designed to assist teachers of students aged seven to sixteen years (approximately Year 2 to Year 10) in their assessment of students' general reasoning ability. There are nine AGAT test booklets that have been developed especially -but not exclusively - for use in Australian schools. Each of the tests assesses students' reasoning skills in three areas: Verbal; Numerical; Abstract (visual).


Trialling Of Test Items; Is The Data A Reliable Predictor Of Final Test Performance?, Ross Hudson Jun 2013

Trialling Of Test Items; Is The Data A Reliable Predictor Of Final Test Performance?, Ross Hudson

Dr Ross Hudson

Trialling is seen as a necessary first step in producing a reliable valid assessment tool. However, how reliable is the trialling result in terms of predicting population test performance?


Impact Of Different Item Location In Common-Item Test Equating, Luc Le Jun 2013

Impact Of Different Item Location In Common-Item Test Equating, Luc Le

Dr Luc Tu Le

This study used real data and simulation data to investigate the impacts of different item location in common-item test equating. The real data set included responses of about 150 000 students to a generic skills test from a university survey in Columbia in 2011, where each student was assigned randomly to one of four linked test forms. Each form consisted of two of three Critical Reasoning clusters and two of three Quantitative Reasoning clusters (20 items in each cluster). The results of an analysis using Item Response Theory clearly showed that items could become more difficult when located towards the ...


Which Form Of Assessment Provides The Best Information About Student Performance In Chemistry Examinations?, Ross Hudson, David Treagust Dec 2012

Which Form Of Assessment Provides The Best Information About Student Performance In Chemistry Examinations?, Ross Hudson, David Treagust

Dr Ross Hudson

Background: This study developed from observations of apparent achievement differences between male and female chemistry performances in a state university entrance examination. Male students performed more strongly than female students, especially in higher scores. Apart from the gender of the students, two other important factors that might influence student performance were format of questions (short-answer or multiple-choice) and type of questions (recall or application). Purpose: The research question addressed in this study was: Is there a relationship between performance in state university entrance examinations in chemistry and school chemistry examinations and student gender, format of questions--multiple-choice or short-answer, and conceptual ...


Adaptive Testing For Psychological Assessment: How Many Items Are Enough To Run An Adaptive Testing Algorithm?, Michaela Wagner-Menghin, Geoff Masters Dec 2012

Adaptive Testing For Psychological Assessment: How Many Items Are Enough To Run An Adaptive Testing Algorithm?, Michaela Wagner-Menghin, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

Although the principles of adaptive testing were established in the psychometric literature many years ago (e.g., Weiss, 1977), and practice of adaptive testing is established in educational assessment, it is not yet widespread in psychological assessment. One obstacle to adaptive psychological testing is a lack of clarity about the necessary number of items to run an adaptive algorithm. The study explores the relationship between item bank size, test length and measurement precision. Simulated adaptive test runs (allowing a maximum of 30 items per person) out of an item bank with 10 items per ability level (covering .5 logits, 150 ...


Profiles Of Learning: The Basic Skills Testing Program In New South Wales: 1989, Geoff Masters, Jan Lokan, Brian Doig, Siek Khoo, John Lindsey, Lynette Robinson, Susan Zammit Aug 2012

Profiles Of Learning: The Basic Skills Testing Program In New South Wales: 1989, Geoff Masters, Jan Lokan, Brian Doig, Siek Khoo, John Lindsey, Lynette Robinson, Susan Zammit

Prof Geoff Masters AO

The 1989 Basic Skills Testing Program in New South Wales provides the most comprehensive picture yet compiled of literacy and numeracy learning in Australian primary schools. In 1989, some 53,800 Year 6 students in NSW government schools were tested in five aspects of literacy and numeracy. Another 2,300 Year 3 students took part in a pilot study. This book discusses the writing of the tests, the analysis of results, and the reporting of results to parents, teachers and schools. The aim of the basic skills tests is to describe, in positive terms, the skills that students have mastered ...


Pat Science : Getting Good Assessment Down Pat, Geoff Masters Aug 2012

Pat Science : Getting Good Assessment Down Pat, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

A new school assessment resource in science from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has just been launched, following more than two years of development and trial testing. Called PAT Science, the new addition to the Progressive Achievement Tests series complements PAT Reading and PAT Maths, which are now widely used in Australian schools. PAT Science fills an identified need for better classroom information about the progress students make in their science learning between Year 3 and Year 10. By the time they reach 15 years of age, 13 percent of Australian students are classified as 'at risk' of ...


Which Form Of Assessment In A Chemistry Examination Best Describes Student Understanding?, Ross Hudson Aug 2011

Which Form Of Assessment In A Chemistry Examination Best Describes Student Understanding?, Ross Hudson

Dr Ross Hudson

No abstract provided.


Pisa : Frequently Answered Criticisms, Ray Adams Dec 2008

Pisa : Frequently Answered Criticisms, Ray Adams

Prof Ray Adams

Studies such as PISA that attempt to compare outcomes across educational systems are expensive and difficult to implement. Further, the results of such studies are routinely criticized by educational commentators - particularly when the results are not consistent with their preconceived ideas about the relative merits and efficiencies of various educational practices and systems. This chapter discusses what is done to ameliorate the threats to the validity of PISA in five areas often targeted by commentators and reviewers as sources of invalidity in international comparisons. The five areas discussed are: (1) sampling - are the samples of students who undertake assessment equally ...


Patscience : Progressive Achievement Tests In Science, Ross Hudson, Ron Martin, Daniel Urbach, Stavroula Zoumboulis Dec 2008

Patscience : Progressive Achievement Tests In Science, Ross Hudson, Ron Martin, Daniel Urbach, Stavroula Zoumboulis

Dr Ross Hudson

The ACER progressive achievement tests in science are for use in Australian schools to provide information to teachers about the level of achievement attained by their students in the concepts, skills and processes of science.


All Is Happening With Numeracy : A New International Survey Of Adults' Numeracy And Mathematics Skill Levels., Dave Tout Dec 2006

All Is Happening With Numeracy : A New International Survey Of Adults' Numeracy And Mathematics Skill Levels., Dave Tout

David (Dave) Tout

An international survey of the numeracy abilities of adults was part of the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills (ALLS) survey conducted in Australia in 2006 and the start of 2007. This paper includes information on the construct behind the numeracy component of the survey, including the complexity scheme that attempts to predict the difficulty of test items, and reports on the initial data from the first wave of countries, highlighting the important role that numeracy plays in both human and social capital terms. First Australian results are due out in late 2007.


Torch Plus : Tests Of Reading Comprehension Plus, Tom Lumley, Andrew Stephanou Dec 2005

Torch Plus : Tests Of Reading Comprehension Plus, Tom Lumley, Andrew Stephanou

Dr Tom Lumley

A set of reading tests designed to assist teachers of students from Year 3 to Year 10 in their assessment of students' reading comprehension skills.


The Mixed-Coefficients Multinomial Logit Model : A Generalized Form Of The Rasch Model, Ray Adams, Margaret Wu Dec 2005

The Mixed-Coefficients Multinomial Logit Model : A Generalized Form Of The Rasch Model, Ray Adams, Margaret Wu

Prof Ray Adams

Since Rasch's introduction of his item response models, there has been a proliferation of extensions and alternatives, each of which has a different name and different matching software package. The proliferation of models has, in some ways, been a hindrance to practitioners. This paper presents a generalised item response model that provides a unifying framework for a large class of Rasch-type models. The advantages of a single framework include mathematical elegance, generality in a single software package, and a facilitation of the development, testing, and comparison of new models. The unified model is a multidimensional item response model, the ...


The Effect Of Test-Taker Gender, Audience And Topic On Task Performance In Tape-Mediated Assessment Of Speaking., Tom Lumley, Barry O'Sullivan Dec 2004

The Effect Of Test-Taker Gender, Audience And Topic On Task Performance In Tape-Mediated Assessment Of Speaking., Tom Lumley, Barry O'Sullivan

Dr Tom Lumley

Performance in tests of spoken language can be influenced by a wide range of features of both task and participants. This article hypothesises that there may be effects on performance attributable to an interaction of variables such as the task topic, the gender of the person presenting the topic and the gender of the candidate. In contrast to previous studies, which have examined speaking tests involving face-to-face interaction, this study considered the issue in a tape-mediated test delivered in a language laboratory, with no interlocutor present, but where stimulus material is presented by one or more speakers, one of whom ...


Conflicting Perspectives On The Role Of Test Preparation In Relation To Learning, Tom Lumley, Bernadette Stoneman Dec 1999

Conflicting Perspectives On The Role Of Test Preparation In Relation To Learning, Tom Lumley, Bernadette Stoneman

Dr Tom Lumley

Reports on the development of a learning package for a newly introduced test in Hong Kong, the Graduating Students' Language Proficiency Assessment (GSLPA)-English. Examines reactions of teachers and students to the learning package during piloting of the materials.


Specific-Purpose Language Performance Tests : Task And Interaction, Tom Lumley, Annie Brown Dec 1995

Specific-Purpose Language Performance Tests : Task And Interaction, Tom Lumley, Annie Brown

Dr Tom Lumley

Oral performance tests designed to assess candidates' ability to function in a particular professional role typically involve role plays which simulate aspects of professional interaction between a candidate, in his/her professional role, and an interlocutor, in the role of client or consumer of the professional services. This paper reports on an investigation into the role which expert professional informants can play in providing post hoc content validation of tasks used in this kind of occupation-specific test, focusing on both the content of the tasks and the behaviour of the interlocutors. The study draws on data from the oral interaction ...