ERIC Number: ED193292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Student and Teacher Attitudes Toward Standardized Tests: A Summary of Two Surveys.
Beck, Michael D.
Data presented relate to the attitudes of elementary/secondary school teachers and students concerning standardized testing. Additional data provide a comparison of the attitudes of these groups with those predicted or expected of them by members of the National Council on Measurement in Education. The data are based on previous surveys, and provide an encouraging look at the reality of test interpretation in the schools. Overall, it is concluded that both students and teachers view standardized tests as one component of the ongoing instructional program--sometimes useful, sometimes not. They view test results with limited respect and healthy skepticism. A related conclusion is that measurement specialists generally do not have a good understanding of the opinions about standardized testing held by the users of such instruments. The attitudes predicted of teachers by test specialists are closer to the generalizations made by opponents of testing in the popular media than they are to reality. (GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Council on Measurement in Education
Note: Paper presented at the National Institute of Education Invitational Conference on Test Use (Washington, DC, June, 1980).