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ERIC Number: ED237556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-18
Reference Count: 0
A Statewide Assessment of Public High School Principals' Attitudes Regarding Proficiency Testing in Tennessee.
Peach, Larry; Reddick, Thomas
A questionnaire was developed to assess high school principals' attitudes regarding the Tennessee Proficiency Test. The questionnaires were distributed statewide to the 147 public high school principals; 121 principals responded. Questionnaire items dealt with issues such as policy statements, remedial activities, graduation requirements, and quality of education. An analysis of the data indicated that (1) most school systems do not have written school board policies regarding proficiency testing; (2) most schools have remedial instruction such as regular classroom teachers, parental involvement, programmed materials, computer assisted instruction, resource teachers, tutors, extra assignments, and extended school days; (3) most principals believe that proficiency testing will improve the quality of education; (4) instruction in subject areas not covered in tests should not diminish; (5) a certificate of attendance is recommended for those not passing the Proficiency Test; and (6) passage of the Test does not necessarily indicate the student has the "basic skills" needed. (PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Tennessee Proficiency Test
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (12th, Nashville, TN, November 18, 1983).