ERIC Number: ED224821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Analysis of Test Score Trends: Implications for Secondary School Policy--A Caution to Secondary School Administrators.
This report challenges a major interpretation of test data and cautions against decision-making without first considering alternative interpretations. A review of test score trends over the past 15 years indicates that compensatory education programs (competency-based education, minimum competency testing, etc.) have had a positive impact and that the back-to-basics movement is primarily responsible. The review also indicates that courses for the above-average high school student are being adversely effected by a too-narrow curriculum emphasis on basics. The better students are showing the greatest score declines, and, in tests of high order skills, all students, even the brightest ones, continue to show a downward trend. According to current test score trends, tomorrow's students with a more solid foundation in basic skills will be prepared to face an academically challenging curriculum, but the schools may be unprepared to provide it. Another consideration is the effect of current policy on the school system itself. If the same kinds of curriculum changes continue to be implemented, public high schools may inadvertently put themselves out of business. They may reduce their academic standards so drastically that they will no longer be viewed as credible educational institutions. (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC. Teaching and Learning Program.
Identifiers: Data Interpretation; Test Score Decline