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CHAPTER 5: TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ITEMS

Summaries of field test results were prepared and classical statistics generated for all items after each test administration. Chapter 5 includes these reports and tables.

5.1 Summaries of January 2000 Field Test Results

This report describes the preliminary results of the January 2000 field test for English 1, Biology, and Government. The sub-categories of this report are as follows:

  • Field Test Sample
  • Field Test Versions
  • Field Test Administration
  • Field Test Results
  • Tables Showing Distribution of Mean Percents
  • Tables Showing Distributions of Item-Total Correlations
  • Student Questionnaire Results

5.2 Summaries of Field Test Results

In this section are tables showing field test results for May 2000, January 2001, May 2001, January 2002, and May 2002. Each summary includes the following tables:

Table 1:  Proportion of Students in Each Sample
Table 2:  Number of Items in Each Field Test Form
Table 3:  Distribution of Mean Percent Correct (p-values) for Selected-Response Items
Table 4:  Distribution of Mean Percent Correct (p-values) for Student-Produced Response Items
Table 5:  Distribution of Mean Percent of Total Possible Number of Points for Brief Constructed Response Items
Table 6:  Distribution of Mean Percent of Total Possible Number of Points for Extended Constructed Response items
Table 7:  Percent Distributions of Item-Total Correlations for Selected-Response Items
Table 8:  Percent Distributions of Item-Total Correlations for Student-Produced Response Items
Table 9:  Distributions of Item-Total Correlations for Brief Constructed-Response Items
Table 10:  Distribution of Item-Total Correlations for Extended Constructed-Response Items
Table 11:  Number of Items Flagged for DIF Against the Group using Mantel Haenszel SR/SPR items) and Mantel (CR items) Procedures
Table 12:  Summary Statistics for Total raw Score Distributions and Test Reliability
Table 13:  Summary of Field Test Completion Rates

5.3 Item Analysis: Classical Statistics

Classical statistics are generated for every item in every administration. Available in this section are the classical statistics for the 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 administrations.


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