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Comments From the Classroom: Teachers' and Students' Opinions of Achievement Tests.
Stetz, Frank P.; Beck, Michael D.
Approximately 3,300 teachers and 72,000 students in grades K-12 were surveyed regarding their general opinions and feelings towards standardized achievement tests. For purposes of analysis, teacher and student questionnaire responses were divided into three groups: (1) public schools systems with fewer than 500 students per grade; (2) public school systems with more than 500 students per grade; and (3) all non-public school systems. The teacher questionnaire contained eleven semantic differential scales utilizing the following bipolar adjectives: easy-hard, helpful-harmful, unbiased-biased, useful-useless, fair-unfair, valid-invalid, calm-anxious, comfortable-uncomfortable, interested-uninterested, knowledgeable-not knowledgeable, and supportive-antagonistic. The student portion was administered orally, immediately following administration of the Metropolitan Achievement Tests. Questions pertained to feelings of nervousness before taking tests, the degree of difficulty, fairness, and anxiety about the test results. Both groups had generally positive attitudes towards standardized achievement tests. (BH)
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