ERIC Number: ED339726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The Changing Face of Testing and Assessment: Problems and Solutions. AASA Critical Issues Report.
Hymes, Donald L.; And Others
Educational testing is at a decisive moment, as the issue of standardized testing has become one of the most hotly debated education issues of the decade. The accuracy and relevance of standardized tests have been questioned by many researchers, evidenced in the 20-year report of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. There is general agreement that improving student achievement is a top priority for educational assessment. The search for new ways to determine student achievement and to allow educational accountability has resulted in the advocacy of new approaches, such as performance assessments, that will reflect achievement more authentically. The state of testing is reviewed, and issues and concerns about test use are discussed. The search for alternatives and the ways these alternative assessments are being used are described. School districts must examine their current policies to ensure that changes result in better assessment practices. Because there is a lot more to assessment than just scores, several states have broadened the definition of school quality in response to demands for accountability. The report includes responses to a survey about testing from 239 out of 1,200 school leaders throughout the country. Twenty-four features throughout the text highlight issues of special interest. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Alternative Assessment, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys, Performance Based Assessment, School Districts, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation, Test Use, Testing Problems, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.
Identifiers: National Assessment of Educational Progress