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Avaliação Psicológica

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ATHAYDE, Marcia de Lima et al. Development of the writing subtest of the School Performance Test II. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2016, vol.15, n.3, pp. 371-382. ISSN 1677-0471.

This study aimed to develop the new version of the writing subtest of School Performance Test - second edition (TDE II). It consisted in creating items, judge analysis and empirical testing. It had the participation of 684 students from the first to the ninth grade of elementary school of public and private institutions from Porto Alegre (RS), Brazil. The subtest was divided in two versions: one for students from the first to the fourth grade and one for students from the fifth to the ninth grade. Factor analysis indicated a factor explaining the common variance of the items, with one factor explaining 71% in version A and one factor explaining 56% in version B. The Item Response Theory (TRI) showed appropriate levels of discrimination and difficulty, which suggested that the items provided a comprehensive measure of the latent trait. The results provided satisfactory evidence of internal validity and reliability. These findings showed that the writing subtest presents good psychometric properties for the writing performance evaluation through elementary school.

Keywords : academic achievement; writing; psychometrics; Item Response Theory.

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