ERIC Number: ED177202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teachers' Opinions of Standardized Test Use and Usefulness.
Beck, Michael D.; Stetz, Frank P.
A national sample of 3,300 elementary and secondary school teachers, who had recently administered the Metropolitan Achievement Tests in their classrooms, responded to a questionnaire concerning various standardized achievement test issues. Teachers gave their opinion on: the amount of such testing in their schools; personal use of test results; possible test score applications; and various test moratoriums and other test-related policies. The teachers were instructed to base their answers on their attitudes toward standardized tests in general. Data were analyzed according to teacher's grade level (K-4, 5-8, or 9-12) and type of school system (small public schools, large public schools, or private schools). The teachers' opinions about the amount of testing in their system were generally found to be positive. Grade level and system differences were small; however, high school teachers were generally more satisfied than elementary teachers. Nine percent of the respondents indicated that they made considerable use of test results; 48% made "some" use of test data. Specific uses and applications were also indicated. Responses favoring a moratorium against standardized testing involved intelligence tests, state-mandated achievement tests, and testing in large school systems or in the primary grades. Fifty-nine percent favored the use of competency testing results to determine high school graduation. (GDC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (63rd, San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)