ERIC Number: ED207995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Test Score Decline: A Review and Annotated Bibliography.
Waters, Brian K.
This study brings together a large body of literature on indicators of changes in U.S. scholastic aptitude and achievement levels within the 1944-1980 period. The population target is youth from preschool to post-college graduate ages. The study is divided into three major sections: (1) a discussion of the trends which have emerged over time that have been supported by creditable data. The discussion approaches the subject by first reviewing aptitude test score patterns from 1952 through 1980 on eight scholastic aptitude and admission tests. Examinees for these tests predominantly ranged from 11th grade through graduate levels. Second, an analysis is done on the scholastic achievement test score data covering 10 different test batteries for grades 1 through 12. Finally, section one of the paper concludes with a brief overview of other indicators of significant, though less quantifiable changes in the target population during the period; (2) an annotated bibliography of 49 sources which were reviewed by the author, including 34 citations which have been quoted directly from other sources; and (3) a relatively complete bibliography of literature related to the decline of test scores. This reference list includes over 240 sources. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Defense, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers: Indicators; Test Score Decline