ERIC Number: ED241587
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Reporting Test Scores to Different Audiences.
Frechtling, Joy A.; Myerberg, N. James
The purpose of this document is to address issues related to the release of test scores to a variety of audiences: parents, school board members, school staff, the news media, and the general public. Guidelines or recommendations for reporting test data are provided. The recommendations are based both on experiences in reporting test results and an informal review of a sample of test reports from school districts across the nation (see Appendix A). Annual reports on testing programs should include (1) descriptive information of the testing program, test content, and test scores; (2) test results for districts, as well as for individual schools; and (3) cautions concerning how the data should and should not be interpreted. Reports to parents will include the same information, but focused on an individual student. Reports to staff will focus on a class or a school. Suggestions for using test data for comparing schools, determining weak and strong areas, and determining if a school did as well as it should have are presented. Commonly used test terms, testing textbooks that include discussions of testing terms, and reports of test results cited in "Research and Evaluation Studies from Large School Districts 1982" are included in the appendices. (PN)
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Utilization, Graphs, Guidelines, Information Dissemination, Parent School Relationship, Scores, Teachers, Test Interpretation, Test Results, Testing
ERIC Clearinghouse on Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541 ($7.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation, Princeton, NJ.
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