COURSE SYLLABUS:

EPY 451 Tests and Measurements

Credits: 3
Semester: Fall 2000
Schedule: Section 3: 4:15-6:45pm, Mon CEB 205
Instructor: Paul Jones, Ed.D.

Office: CEB 252
Office Hours: By Appointment
Telephone: 895-EYES (3937)

e-mail: jones@nevada.edu
on-line: www.unlv.edu/Colleges/Education/EP/pj.htm

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Introduction to testing, measurement, and evaluation related to instructional problems, the construction and use of teacher-made tests, a survey of standardized tests, test interpretation, and basic statistical procedures.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Objectives for this course were drawn from the "Standards for Teacher Competence in Educational Assessment of Students", a document prepared jointly by the national Council on Measurement in Education, National Education Association, and American Federation of Teachers.

As outcome of this course, it is expected that each student will have developed minimum entry level skills in:

1. choosing assessment methods appropriate for instructional decisions.

2. developing assessment methods appropriate for instructional decisions.

3. administering, scoring, and interpreting the results of both externally produced and teacher-produced assessment methods.

4. using assessment results when making decisions about individual students, planning teaching, developing curriculum, and school improvement.

5. developing valid student grading procedures based on student assessment.

6. communicating assessment results to students, parents, other lay audiences, and other educators.

7. recognizing unethical, illegal, and otherwise inappropriate assessment methods and uses of assessment information.

In addition, each student is expected to exit with:

8. understanding of basic descriptive statistics including measures of central tendency and dispersion.

9. understanding of basic measurement concepts including validity and reliability and their role

10. understanding of procedures, including assistive technology, needed to provide equitable assessment for special need students.

TEXTS, READINGS, AND INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES:

Required Text:

Linn, R.L., & Gronlund, N.E. (2000). Measurement and Assessment in Teaching, (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.

You will also need 4 Scantron answer sheets 2052 (available at the bookstore & CSUN)

Instructional Resources: Internet/WWW

An interactive computer-assisted instructional programs will be used in this course. "Measurement Primer" deals with basic concepts in educational and psychological measurement including a review of basic statistics.

The address for Measurement Primer is:
http://www.unlv.edu/Colleges/Education/EP/mpintro.htm
You can also reach the program following these links:
UNLV Home Page (www.unlv.edu)
College of Education
Educational Psychology Department
Department Faculty
Paul Jones

COURSE PROCEDURES:

The objectives listed above are generic to the tests and measurements course in this department and will provide the template for procedures used in this course. A primary instructional modality will be lecture, but a part of most class sessions will be devoted to participative learning. Typically, the class sessions will be divided into two components, one devoted to lecture/discussion on the assigned materials and the other devoted to a variety of experiential activities related to the materials. Prompt attendance and participation at regularly scheduled class meetings and examination dates is expected. Assigned text materials are to be read before each class meeting.

The content of this course is based on information acquired through research, and thus it is important that you have some sense of what it means to be involved in psychological research studies. A part of the class procedure may involve some participation in educational measurement research, either on-line or as a class activity.

Access to and use of the Internet/WWW is essential for success in the course. Computer labs are available on campus for students who do not have access from home.

This course is organized around the following four units: 1) measurement concepts, 2) constructing and interpreting classroom tests, 3) administering and interpreting standarized tests, and 4) observational assessment and grading. As part of the course activity, students as a group project will prepare examinations using blueprint prescribed by the instructor. During the final unit of the course, mock assessment procedures will be administered, scored, and critiqued.

GRADING:

Although not always widely implemented, it is generally accepted that a student's final grade in a course should represent the extent of accomplishment, not necessarily the steps along the way toward that accomplishment. In attempt to be consistent with this objective, the following procedure will be used for assignment of grades in this course.

Four examinations will be administered during this course as follows:

    1. a 25-item multiple choice test will be administered at the end of each of the first three units.
    2. a 100-item final examination will be administered at the end of the course, comprised of 25 items from the final unit and 25 equivalent form items from each of the prior units.
    3. your examination point total will be the higher of
      a. the sum of the first three test point totals and the 25 items on the final covering the last unit, or
      b. the total correct on the final examination

The group project is worth a maximum of 10 points for a maximum total of 110 points.

Final grades are assigned as follows:

A= 99 and above B=88-98 C=77-87 D= 66-76 F= 65 and below

Plus and minus within the grade ranges above may be assigned at instructor discretion .

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is dedicated to learning by all members of its community. In responding to this dedication, the university demands a high level of scholarly behavior and academic honesty on the part of students, faculty, staff, and administrators. No form of academic dishonesty is acceptable. Acts of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, cheating on an examination, stealing examination questions, and plagiarizing. If a student in a course is deemed by the instructor to be guilty of academic dishonesty, the student may be assigned a failing grade for the corresponding segment of the course or for the entire course.

SPECIAL NEEDS:

If you have a documented disability that may require assistance, you will need to contact the Disability Resource Center for coordination in your academic accommodations. The Disability Resource Center is located in the Reynolds Student Services Complex in room 137. The DRC phone number is 895-0866 (TTD 895-0652).

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:

08/28		intro			chapter 1
09/04		labor day holiday
09/11		measurement concepts	chapters 2-3
09/18		measurement concepts	chapters 4-5
09/25		exam 1
10/02		classroom tests		chapters 6-7
10/09		classroom tests		chapters 8-9
10/16		classroom tests		chapters 10-11
10/23		exam 2
10/30		standardized tests	chapters 16-17
11/06		standardized tests	chapter	19
11/13		exam 3
11/20		portfolios		chapter 12
11/27		observation		chapter 13
12/04		grading			chapter 15
12/11		final examination			

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