ERIC Number: ED341708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Changing Large Scale Testing Programs: Learning from the Experience of Others.
Lessons learned in changing a large-scale testing program are outlined. The redesigned Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) will be administered in spring 1994. Major changes for the verbal SAT section include more emphasis on critical reading, longer and more accessible passages, measurement of vocabulary in context, and use of double passages with two viewpoints. Changes to the mathematical SAT section include adding a subset of questions where students must produce the responses and permitting, but not requiring, use of a calculator. Changes are also proposed for the SAT subject tests, including a writing test at all test administrations. The process of change will involve challenges, different perspectives, changes in conditions throughout the process, many viewpoints, hard-and-fast positions of some participants, resistance to change in general, unanticipated difficulties, and opposition to the finished product. Five lessons drawn from the process are: (1) tell the truth; (2) ask for help; (3) do not wait for permission; (4) keep in touch; and (5) be nice to each other. Thirteen overhead transparency masters illustrate points made in the presentation. (SLD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Large Scale Programs; Scholastic Aptitude Test; Test Revision
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Assessment of the Education Commission of the States/Colorado Department of Educational Assessment (Breckinridge, CO, June 1991).