Re: DSM: (Almost) errorless measurement

Rick Stansberger (
Wed, 08 Nov 2000 11:46:00 -0700

the main problem is with the tests themselves. They don't measure real
knowledge. Real command of knowledge only shows itself in the presence of a
true problem. A true problem is not one in which the answer is known and must
be picked from a pile (That is just an exercise), but one in which the answer
doesn't yet exist and must be discovered or created. You may eliminate guessing
from computer-graded standardized tests, but the only way you can measure true
knowledge is by how a person uses the knowns to find the unknowns. And thus the
unknowns must be truly unknown to the person, and not just one of a pile of


Arie Dirkzwager wrote:

> With Multiple Evaluation we have a testing method with much less
> measurement error than the traditional Multiple Choice as guessing and
> gambling is really eliminated (not just "corrected for"). See
> for a short article on this. The
> method is based on eliciting personal probabilities instead of "pock one".
> It should be used widely as a replacement of Multiple Choice. For more see
> my web site and the links it gives. I'd appreciate any comments.
> Arie Dirkzwager
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