ERIC Number: ED193259
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Teachers and Tests: The Teacher Union Response.
Gould, Jewell; Ward, James
Members (elementary and secondary teachers) of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) were surveyed in preparation for a series of workshops to improve teachers' use and understanding of tests. Results showed generally positive attitudes towards tests, and a specific interest in using tests for diagnostic and prescriptive planning purposes. Standardized tests were seen as least useful for course content modification and instructional program modification. A negative side appeared also; teachers idenfified a variety of factors inhibiting their use of standardized tests. These include: (1) results do not provide enough prescriptive information; (2) results do not provide adequate profiles of student strengths/weaknesses; (3) results are returned too late (or not at all) to be useful; (4) test content does not match curriculum; and (5) test materials are inappropriate for students. Results also indicated, however, that teachers desire maintenance of quality standards in schools and view competency testing as a useful method. Additional research is discussed, supporting the findings that teachers see tests as reliable sources to be used as part of a total educational program. The AFT resolution on testing, and how the AFT training program is designed are summarized. (GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American Federation of Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Summer Instructional Leadership Conference of the American Association of School Administrators (Chicago, IL, July, 1980). For related document see TM 800 572.