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A Study of Display Methods for NAEP Results: I. Tables NAEP

Wainer, Howard
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RR-95-10, PSRTR-95-01
ETS Research Report
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Subject/Key Words:
Data Analysis, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Tables (Data), Test Construction, Test Items


NAEP is an enormous and enormously ambitious project. It generates data of a richness and complexity beyond any simple survey. The broad utilization of the information it provides can be aided through the use of more evocative data displays. In this report we examine the uses to which data tables are put and suggest ways in which the construction of tables can be modified to enable them to carry out their role more efficaciously. We also discuss a theoretical structure to aid in the development of test items to tap students' proficiency in extracting information from tables. (50pp.)

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