ERIC Number: ED347680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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Can School Districts Survive the Politics of State Testing Initiatives?
Raivetz, Mark J.
The impact of state-mandated testing on an urban school district in New Jersey is examined in this paper, which describes the evolution of the testing program and its shift in emphasis from individual student assessment to its use as the primary indicator of school success or failure. To meet state certification standards, 75 percent of the third, sixth, and eighth graders in every school must meet or exceed a state-prescribed minimum level of proficiency. The monitoring process evaluates schools according to 10 elements of acceptable performance, each of which must be met. School report cards indicate that urban districts failed to match the accomplishments of their suburban counterparts. A conclusion is that using the achievement test as a district indicator of academic performance is inappropriate. Recommendations are made to evaluate the testing program and to incorporate higher order thinking into instruction. Four tables are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Jersey
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).