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dc.contributor.authorGardner, Johnen_UK
dc.contributor.authorCowan, Pamelaen_UK
dc.description.abstractThe Transfer Procedure Test is taken by children around 11years of age who wish to attend grammar schools in Northern Ireland. It is ahigh stakes test in that children are only allowed one attempt and theirperformance determines their future schooling in a manner that is not of theirchoice or of their parents. Candidates usually take two test forms, with asupplementary test available for those, who for one reason or another, do nothave both test scores. This report describes the largest independent study ofthe Transfer Procedure Test ever conducted. Samples of test scripts used aspractice tests in 52 primary schools were analyzed to see if the testfunctions effectively in enabling the selection of students for grammar schoolplaces. The samples used for the analyses consisted of 1,288 students (test1), 1,270 students (.test 2), and 623 students (supplementary test). The testis designed to measure mathematics, English, and science achievement, and theaddition of these scores in the Transfer Procedure Test is questionable.Because the test does not measure any single attribute of candidates, itcannot be used as a proxy for any particular attribute. The test would beperceived as "easy" by many students, since more than 65% answered more than70% of the questions correctly. The "easiness" is a serious design flaw, aschildren would have been awarded a "D" with a 70% score, and it is difficultto justify failing a student who has answered so many items correctly. Thetests were found to be highly reliable, but the published information on thetest does not meet the requirements of international standards on educationtesting, nor does it supply reliability and validity information. Informationis provided about the predictive ability of the test for later studentachievement. (Contains 22 tables,3 figures, and 26 references.)en_UK
dc.publisherQueen's University Belfasten_UK
dc.relationGardner J & Cowan P (2000) Testing the Test: A Study of the Reliability and Validity of the Northern Ireland Transfer Procedure Test in Enabling the Selection of Pupils for Grammar School Places. Queen's University Belfast. Queen's University Belfast.
dc.rightsAuthors retain copyright. Proper attribution of authorship and correct citation details should be given.en_UK
dc.subjectAdmission (School)en_UK
dc.subjectElementary Secondary Educationen_UK
dc.subjectHigh Stakes Testsen_UK
dc.subjectTest Useen_UK
dc.titleTesting the Test: A Study of the Reliability and Validity of the Northern Ireland Transfer Procedure Test in Enabling the Selection of Pupils for Grammar School Placesen_UK
dc.typeResearch Reporten_UK
dc.contributor.sponsorQueen's University Belfasten_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationFaculty of Social Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationQueen's University Belfasten_UK
rioxxterms.apcnot requireden_UK
rioxxterms.typeTechnical Reporten_UK
local.rioxx.authorGardner, John|0000-0002-3844-7305en_UK
local.rioxx.authorCowan, Pamela|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filenameTesting the Test10.pdfen_UK
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