ERIC Number: ED339713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Motivational Differences in Students' Perceptions of Classroom and Standardized Achievement Tests.
Roth, Jodie L.; Paris, Scott G.
How students perceive standardized tests and routine classroom tests on subject matter units was studied by surveying 61 fifth-grade and 65 eighth-grade students in public schools in Michigan. It was hypothesized that older students would more often distinguish between the types of test and would be more cynical and less motivated than would younger students, and that high-achieving students would express more positive attitudes in both grades compared to lower achieving students. The standardized test was the California Achievement Test. A 56-item survey assessed student attitudes. Fifth-graders did not distinguish between the types of test as much as did eighth-graders. Younger students had more positive attitudes. The highly discriminated attitudes of the eighth-graders suggest developing disillusionment with standardized tests, a growing sense of their unimportance, and a suspicion of their validity. By grade 8, students did not incorporate standardized test results in their perceptions of their own ability. A 9-item list of references is included. Three tables present study data and survey questions. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Age Differences, Attitude Measures, Classroom Research, Comparative Testing, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Grade 8, High Achievement, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Low Achievement, Standardized Tests, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Teacher Made Tests, Test Validity
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California Achievement Tests; Michigan
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).