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ERIC Number: ED049309
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Pages: 17
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Meeting the Measurement Needs of Education.
Turnbull, William W.
Three propositions which may suggest a strategy for meeting the measurement needs of education are presented: (1) Educational measurement possesses enough techniques and principles to permit tackling problems for their intrinsic importance, rather than for their convenience of fit to answers we already have; (2) Measurement needs are a subset of the overall educational needs and these, in turn, are a subset of societal needs; and (3) A multi-faceted multi-disciplinary approach to measurement is required. These propositions are examined in relation to current problems. An assessment of the divergence of views on educational goals is made and an interdisciplinary approach to evaluation is recommended. The concept of cost-effectiveness is examined and a continuous long-term program of assessment is seen as a standard pattern for evaluating educational programs. An interlocking, coordinated program involving guidance, testing, admissions, financial aid, curriculum and research, is proposed as a comprehensive and relevant measurement requirement for the children of poor and minority group backgrounds. Finally, the key role of measurement people is related to the future development of more sophisticated systems that will result in comprehensive and proper use of the results of measurement and the integration of those results with other data. (LR)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, New York, February 1971