ERIC Number: ED347168
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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Teachers' Views of Ethical Standardized Test Use.
Bright, Elizabeth L.
In recent years, standardized test scores have assumed an increasingly important role in educational assessment. As the stakes involved in testing become higher, educators are forced to make decisions regarding the ethics involved in standardized test preparation and administration. The ethical continuum of test preparation practices as formulated by W. A. Mehrens and J. Kaminski (1989) is discussed. This continuum is instrumentalized in the form of scenarios pertaining to various standardized testing practices. A preliminary administration of a survey, developed to present these 27 scenarios was conducted with 102 elementary school teachers in the spring of 1991. Respondents had to rate the depicted behaviors on a four-point Likert scale ranging from very unethical to very ethical. The results indicate that the respondents do not view curriculum alignment activities on the same ethical behavior dimension as other practices that affect test scores. One table and 13 references are included. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Curriculum Alignment; Teaching to the Test
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (San Francisco, CA, April 21-23, 1992).