ERIC Number: ED047013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Testing Under Fire: Chicago's Problem.
Byrd, Manford, Jr.
The history and development of city-wide testing programs in Chicago since 1936 are reviewed and placed in context with the impact on testing of Sputnik and the passage of the National Defense Education Act of 1958. Current testing problems include the time lag between events and curricular changes and new test construction, the time lag between changes in student population and re-norming of tests, comparability of school populations of large cities and norms groups, reinforcement by standardized tests of the concept of a standard as the goal rather than progress, and the failure on the part of the public, despite all efforts to the contrary, to appreciate the importance of the standard error of measurement. Among other issues considered are the problems of cultural differences, the results of deprivation, language difficulties, the use of test results as one method of evaluation in accountability, and calls for a moratorium in testing. Suggested remedies include the construction of better, more relevant tests; more frequent test revisions; more sophisticated understanding, interpretation, and use of test results; periodic review of material entered into a student's cumulative record; moderation of test publishers' oversell; and working together to put standardized testing back into context. (DG)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Board of Education, IL.
Identifiers: Illinois; Illinois (Chicago)
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Educational Records Bureau, "Testing in Turmoil: A Conference on Problems and Issues in Educational Measurement," New York, New York, October 1970