ERIC Number: ED199278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Language Competency Testing in the Elementary School.
Experiences with competency testing at the elementary level in the area of English language are presented, as well as suggestions for improving the quality of competency tests. In order to modify curricula and requirements to meet the demands of assessment and to ensure sufficient student instruction, the following suggestions are made: (1) assessment must be based on what students have had the opportunity to learn; (2) composition ability is a very important part of English language competency and is best assessed through a writing sample; (3) end-of-elementary-school assessments need to reflect what students could be expected to learn in the years prior to their assessment, just as grade-by-grade assessments need to parallel grade-by-grade instruction; and (4) in constructing multiple-choice items, care must be exercised to use only those words that are taught at least one grade level below the level of the assessment, to select the appropriate distractor, to give enough information to answer the question, and to avoid testing reading ability when the objective is to test writing ability. Scoring systems for writing assessment are included. (RL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: SWRL Scoring System; Test Curriculum Overlap
Note: Paper presented at Southwest Regional NCTE Conference (Las Vegas, NV, October, 1980).