ERIC Number: ED206665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Instructional Issues in the Development of a Basic Skills Assessment Program.
Meredith, Vana H.
The aim of the South Carolina Basic Skills Assessment Program was to meet legislative requirements, to improve instruction and to integrate instructional sensitivity into the state's educational programs for grades K-12 in the basic skill areas of reading, writing and mathematics. In their task of identifying, compiling and revising educational objectives for all grade levels, the program staff sought maximal use of locally developed objectives. Eventually, sixteen broadscoped objectives and measurement strategies were agreed upon, six for reading, and five each for writing and mathematics. It was also necessary to determine objectives for statewide kindergarten programs and to select an appropriate readiness test for the measurement of childrens' readiness to commence the formal school curriculum. The Cognitive Skills Assessment Battery was chosen as being most representative of the objectives. Score reports, and publications intended for both parent and teacher use were developed. In response to legislation requiring the setting of minimum standards for tests and the implementation of programs to raise student performance to statewide standards, programs were field tested; and criterion referenced tests to diagnose and identify student deficiencies and strengths were developed, field tested and revised. (AEF)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Mathematics, Minimum Competency Testing, Program Development, Program Implementation, Reading Skills, School Readiness Tests, Test Selection, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cognitive Skills Assessment Battery; Instructional Objectives Exchange; South Carolina; South Carolina Basic Skills Assessment Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).