ERIC Number: ED333025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: N/A
Tests in School--Seen through the Eyes of the Teachers.
School Research Newsletter, n1 May 1990
The role played by written tests in Swedish schools was studied through a survey of 1,817 eighth-grade teachers (the senior level of compulsory school in Sweden) and 589 teachers of the second year of upper secondary school in three counties in Sweden (the response rate was 75%). The survey was supplemented with 51 interviews of teachers at four schools. Topics addressed in the survey include: (1) teachers' reasons for using written tests; (2) occurrence of tests; (3) parameters that are measured by the tests (knowledge, application, comprehension, production, or a combination of these parameters); (4) ways that tests are processed and analyzed; and (5) how test results are applied to school work. For the week specified in the survey (week 43 of 1987), 958 written tests were reported: 721 at the senior level of compulsory school, and 237 at the upper secondary school level. Students were administered about two tests a week, and these played an important part in awarding grades. It was difficult to gain any picture of the analysis or processing of tests. Use of the tests as an educational resource was seldom mentioned, although tests were reported to be used frequently for practice and revision purposes. Overall, tests were mainly used in determining grades. Two tables and three figures present study data. A 25-item list of references is included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Swedish Board of Education, Stockholm.
Identifiers: Sweden; Teacher Surveys