Essay on Rationale For Using Out Of Level Testing

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The final part to this study is the rationale for using out-of-level testing. There are three main themes to this sections. The first is, overly difficult tests promote increased guessing and student frustration, which reduced the accuracy of the test results. The basic question is whether students who score low on grade level tests would score higher on lower level of the same test. To answer this question much of the research on out-of-level testing has examined the effects on raw scored and derived scores. Many have turned to chance score as a criterion measure of reliability. When the effects of the out-of-level testing on chance scores have been examined, researchers found that the number of students who score at the chance level on a grade level test decreases when an out-of-level test is administered. Many of the students that consider students guessing on standardized measurements assume that students who score at the chance level obtained that score by guessing at every item (Minnema, 2000, p. 18). Student frustration is another concern, effects of an emotional testing experience on the reliability and validity of the test score. After suggested that when students become frustrated and bored then begin to guess or stop taking the test. The score would not actually represent what the student knows. Some say that out-of-level testing is used as a way to reduce pupil frustration and thereby obtaining more precise measurements of student’s performances. The second theme…

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