Student Opinion Scale (FREE)
Standardized tests play an important role in providing interested parties with information concerning student achievement and growth. When test results are analyzed, score interpretations are often questioned on several fronts: it is possible that a lack of motivation to perform well on these tests may produce scores that are spuriously low. When performances are lower than expected, many stakeholders, generally relying on anecdotal evidence, insist that these low results are due to lack of motivation. The true meaning of test scores remains in question. Are the scores lower than the students’ true achievement level, or is the observed performance an accurate indication of achievement? In either case, the lack of validity information quiets the conversation and perhaps stifles needed reform. Rarely is a measure of motivation available to help inform interpretations. Lack of motivation may present a potential threat to appropriate interpretation of score meaning. Knowing how large a threat it represents would be very useful. Researchers have been interested in trying to gauge examinee motivation in a variety of testing conditions to explore the presence and magnitude of this potential source of score bias.
The Student Opinion Scale (SOS) is one such means for gauging examinee motivation. The SOS is a self-report tool that has been used in various testing contexts (e.g., consequential and non-consequential). The measure has garnered empirical support for internal consistency and validity of score inferences through more than 12 years of use in research and practical applications.
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Assessment Instruments Available for Purchase
Several computer-based assessment instruments created by the Center
for Assessment and Research Studies are available for purchase. We are proud to announce that our instruments are now being managed by Madison Assessment. You can learn more at their website: www.MadisonAssessment.com.
Information Literacy Test
The Information Literacy Test (ILT) is a 60-item multiple-choice test developed by librarians and assessment specialists. The ILT is based on the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards (See http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency.cfm ). This instrument was designed to directly assess collegiate students’ competencies in information literacy. Click here for test manual.
Natural World 9
The Natural World Test, Version 9 (NW-9) is a 66-item multiple choice test developed by science and mathematics university faculty to assess college students’ quantitative and scientific reasoning skills. The Natural World Test is currently in its ninth edition and reflects development spanning over the last decade. Click here for test manual.
The Quantitative Reasoning Test, Version 9 (QR-9) is a 26-item multiple-choice test developed by science and mathematics university faculty. This instrument was designed to assess the quantitative reasoning skills that college students may obtain through a general education curriculum. The Quantitative Reasoning Test is currently in its ninth edition and reflects development spanning over the last decade. Click here for test manual.
The Scientific Reasoning Test, Version 9 (SR-9) is a 49-item multiple-choice test developed by science and mathematics university faculty. This instrument was designed to assess the scientific reasoning skills that college students may obtain through a general education curriculum. The Scientific Reasoning Test is currently in its ninth edition and reflects development spanning over the last decade. Click here for test manual.
United States Society and Politics Test
The United States Society and Politics Test (USSP) is a 50-item multiple-choice test developed by the content experts and assessment specialists at James Madison University (JMU). This instrument was designed to assess college students‟ general education knowledge and goals in the area of American political science and history. Click here for test manual.