ERIC Number: ED185096
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Standardized Reading Tests: What Does That Score Mean.
Cook, Ann; And Others
Organized as a question-and-answer booklet, this parents' guide explains scores on standardized reading achievement tests. Examples illustrate the meaning of certain grade equivalent scores. The grade equivalent method is described as a poor way to report scores; raw scores, percentiles, and stanine ranges are discussed as alternatives. The analysis of raw score data to create a norm-referenced test is explained, and it is stressed that approximately half of the students tested always score below their grade level. Tests are characterized as devices used to rank children, teachers, and schools; if tests are used to determine eligibility for high school graduation, a certain percentage of students will never pass the requirement. It is recommended that parents understand the consequences of their children's test results. It is also stated that there is no sense keeping a child who is not reading at grade level from advancing to the next grade, because half of the children tested did not score at grade level. Demands which parents might make to school officials include insisting that grade equivalents be abolished; scores be recorded as a reflection of group comparisons; and tests and testing be stripped of their mystery. (GDC)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Grade Equivalent Scores, Norm Referenced Tests, Parent School Relationship, Reading Tests, Scores, Standardized Tests, Test Interpretation, Test Results, Testing Problems
North Dakota Study Group on Evaluation, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58202 ($0.50 ea., 10 or more $0.40 ea.)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Center for Teaching and Learning.
Note: For related document, see TM 800 099.