The UMaine PERL has created a variety of materials that are available for researchers to use to help in gathering and analyzing data.
Standardized Test Analysis Tools
Tools for analyzing common standardized tests
Though standardized tests are commonly given and used in assessment (e.g. in pre and post instruction evaluation to measure normalized gains in student learning), no standard tools exist for scoring the tests. We are posting our tools for general use. These are MS Excel spreadsheets, and semi-complete instructions on how to use the spreadsheets are included with the files. Download the files below to your machine for further use. Guidelines on use and distribution are included with each document.
- Force and Motion Concept Evaluation (new version 2001 Aug 24)
- Maryland Physics Expectations Survey
- full version (34 questions, version 4.0) (new version 2001 Sep 10)
- shortened version (19 questions) available upon request
- Electric Circuits Concept Evaluation
- Heat and Temperature Concept Evaluation (new version 2001 June 27)
(These are zip files which unzip into Excel templates (.xlt) . For users having difficulty unzipping these files, Aladdin’s Stuffit for Mac or for Windows is an excellent resource. Some users may have to right-click or option-click (on a Mac) to save these files to their hard drive.)
Wave Diagnostic Test
TheWave Diagnostic Test was developed as part of Michael Wittmann’s dissertation work at the University of Maryland. It is provided here in pdf format for those interested in using it in their classrooms. Note that a fundamental part of the test is the existence of identical questions asked in both free response and multiple choice formats. Detailed data about student thinking can be found when analyzing these questions (see Michael Wittmann’s dissertation for more information).