Date of Award

Winter 1995

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Education (M.Ed.)

Department

College of Education

First Advisor

Dorothy Armstrong

Abstract

There are few recently documented effectiveness studies of locally designed math placement tests, while there are many that utilize a professionally designed test. All tests that are used in placement whether professionally designed or created by faculty need to conform to the same standards.; This research assimilates the current best knowledge of the qualities required of a math placement test. It delineates the procedures required in the creation and evaluation of a valid and reliable mathematics placement test by addressing a variety of issues. These include calculating difficulty and discrimination indexes, validating and setting cut scores, and evaluating test validity and effectiveness. The current effects of math education reform on college placement and math remediation are also studied. The final chapter utilizes this information as a guide to evaluate a locally designed math placement test.

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