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ERIC Number: ED158396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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An Examination of Trends in Performance on the ACT and SAT Examinations.
Hess, Fritz; And Others
A wide range of standardized tests and measures, including the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the American College Testing Program, reveals a distinct pattern of student performance decline beginning in the mid 1960s and continuing into the present. It seems unlikely that this is primarily a result of bias or other inadequacies in the tests. Part of the decline may be due to the impact of genetic factors. This connection remains to be investigated. Another portion of the decline has resulted from the broadening of the test-taking population. The sizable remaining part of the decline is doubtlessly connected with changes in the contemporary setting. Basically, a weakening of established curricula and lessened student-teacher contact appear to have eroded student performance in a wide range of areas of learning. The trend in education, as in society, seems to be away from the active and toward the passive. Reassertion of an active, purposeful attitude toward education seems a necessary first step in the direction of reversing the current decline. (Author/PGD)
Not available separately--see EA 010 800
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Chapter 5 of "Issues in Education: A Documented Look at Seven Current Topics" (EA 010 800); For related documents, see EA 010 800-807