ERIC Number: ED166248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Proceedings of the National Conference on Minimum Competency Testing.
Northwest Regional Education Lab., Portland, OR. Clearinghouse for Applied Performance Testing.
Seven prepared papers, with questions from the audience and answers by participants make up the proceedings of this conference on minimum competency testing. A number of conceptual and technical problems were raised, as well as questions about the effects of minimum competency testing on the curriculum and the psychological effects of the program on students, teachers, and others. The moral and legal problems concerned with phase-in periods, the match between the test and the curriculum, the possibility of racial discrimination, and the characteristics of a model program were discussed. Techniques for implementing cut-off decisions were described and the place of human judgment was debated. A suggestion was made that scaled certification was preferable to categorical pass-fail decisions. Comments were made on a series of possible positive and negative effects of minimum competency testing. The California state testing program was described, and questions were raised about the process and validity of setting standards. The speakers included Decker F. Walker, Merle Steven McClung, Carol A. Dwyer, Loretta A. Shepard, Ellis B. Page, Ruth S. Nickse, and Dale Carlson. (CTM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Basic Skills, Conference Reports, Cutting Scores, Elementary Secondary Education, Equated Scores, Legal Problems, Mastery Tests, Minimum Competency Testing, Political Issues, State Programs, Student Certification, Test Bias, Test Interpretation, Testing Problems
Clearinghouse for Applied Performance Testing, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 710 S.W. Second Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204 ($3.00)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Education Lab., Portland, OR. Clearinghouse for Applied Performance Testing.
Note: Papers presented at the National Conference on Minimum Competency Testing (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 29, 1978); Not available in hard copy due to author's restrictions