Open Access Thesis
English language -- Writing; English language -- Composition and exercises -- Ability testing; English language -- Rhetoric -- Ability testing;
This study examined the parallel forms reliability of curriculum based written expression measurement for first and fifth grade students. Additionally, this study examined which of the following three scores: (a) total words written, (b) words spelled correctly, or (c) letters in correct sequence has the highest reliability coefficients as well as determining the overlap between the three scores. The subjects for this study were 89 first grade and 103 fifth grade students, selected from two Cedar Falls, Iowa, elementary schools. Permission was granted by Cedar Falls administrators to conduct the study. Data were analyzed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation to determine the correlation coefficients between the two forms for the ·following scores: (a) total words written, (b) words spelled correctly, and (c) letters in correct sequence. The correlation coefficients found for first grade students are as follows: .67 for total words written, .66 for words spelled correctly, and .66 for letter in correct sequence. The correlation coefficients for fifth grade students are as follows: .54 for total words written, .53 for words spelled correctly, and .52 for letters in correct sequence. There was no significant difference found in the correlation coefficients between the first and fifth grade students. The three scores are all within one hundredth of a point indicating no meaningful difference exists. In terms of the overlap of the three scores, the data analyzed in the present study indicated that little may be gained by the use of all three scores. Total words written is the most time efficient and simplest score to obtain.
Year of Submission
Specialist in Education
Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations
Barry J. Wilson
Susan C. Etscheidt
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©1989 Tamara J. Beener
Beener, Tamara J., "The parallel forms reliability of curriculum based written expression measurement for first and fifth grade students" (1989). Dissertations and Theses @ UNI. 1446.