ERIC Number: ED236828
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Changing Nature of Assessment in Public Schools: Trends.
Zeller, Richard W.
The paper examines trends in the assessment of children in the public schools. A brief history notes changes in the role of school personnel relative to the assessment process, and considers economic factors (specialization and accountability) influencing the assessment function. Among the social/political factors influencing the assessment function are backlash of parents whose children had been declared ineligible for special education and the outcomes of the civil rights movement. Federal statutes and regulations as well as case law are summarized for their impact on assessment. Among technological and professional influences cited are opposition to misuse of intelligence tests, the resulting expansion of evaluation approaches, and the application of computers to the assessment process. The final section of the report projects the trends in terms of future impact on four areas: regulation, organization, personnel, and methodology. (CL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene. Northwest Regional Special Education Instructional Materials Center.