ERIC Number: ED195566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
To Test or Not To Test Is Not the Question.
Pohland, Paul A.
Analysis of "the testing rip-off" featured in the January/February 1980 issue of the NEA Reporter provides the main arguments for proposing that the latent function of the protest of the National Education Association (NEA) is not directed against testing per se. Instead, the NEA protest is a political move directed toward shifting the locus of power relative to educational policy making from the "testmakers" to the NEA. Professional associations such as the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and others should consider the following questions: (1) how can we engage in the political fray in such a way that the least powerful--students--are the prime beneficiaries rather than pawns in a power struggle?; (2) how can we effectively utilize our collective expertise in the political arena without compromising our integrity?; (3) are we prepared to examine our own value premises and take an open stand upon them?; (4) are we prepared to re-orient our own priorities and engage in educational issues of national import?; and (5) how can we best exert ourselves proactively rather than reactively? (RL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Education Association; Testing Industry
Note: Paper prepared for the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (Las Cruces, NM, October 15-17, 1980).