ERIC Number: ED213762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Measurement and Testing: An NEA Perspective. NEA Research Memo.
Norman, Carol A.
This Research Memo is for test users, teachers, administrators, counselors, curriculum specialists, school board members, and legislators who use tests as a means for improving education. The purpose of this report is to provide general background information about measurement and testing. The information includes discussions of the meaning attributed to educational measurement, the language of testing, guidelines for test selection, and the uses of test data. A number of problems and issues associated with tests and testing practices are also discussed. The information, together with continued inquiry into tests and testing practices, can help promote informed and responsible use of tests and test data. There are five sections in this report: (1) historical examinations of testing and the developments in psychology and mathematics that helped shape contemporary testing practices and a review of testing practices; (2) coaching for college admission examinations, including data supporting the hypothesis that standardized tests designed to measure aptitude are coachable; (3) results of a National Education Association (NEA) review of commercial involvement in statewide testing programs; (4) review of the NEA position on testing; and (5) truth-in-testing legislation, including state and federal laws. Readers seeking greater detail may find useful the recommended reading list concluding most sections. (Author/GK)
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Educational Policy, Measurement, Position Papers, Professional Associations, Test Coaching, Test Use, Testing, Testing Problems
National Education Association Professional Library, Box 509, West Haven, CT 06516 ($5.00 NEA members, $10.75 nonmembers).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: National Education Association; Scholastic Aptitude Test; Testing Industry; Truth in Testing