ERIC Number: ED392836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-19
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The Testing Mania: Wreckage or Reform?
Spencer, Thelma L.
This paper synthesizes information derived from five sources regarding issues in testing as they related to the American 2000; an education strategy and the national education goals. The focus is on proposed national tests. The issue of national testing extends far beyond testing itself because it touches on the structure of the U.S. educational system. Many educators argue that negative consequences are almost inevitable in a national testing program and that curriculum and goals will be manipulated to promote higher test scores. Even advocates of a national test recognize that accountability poses a serious problem and that curriculum as it exists and test content often do not complement each other. Overall, mainstream educators appear to have accepted the inevitability of some kind of national test, but most doubt that it will result in substantial educational improvement. Schools across the country are overwhelmed now by the standardized tests in use, and they are beginning to attempt to use alternative assessments to measure student achievement. If the proposed American Achievement Tests do not reflect the new paradigm of teaching students to think critically and solve problems creatively, then they should be redesigned. (Contains five references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: America 2000; National Education Goals 1990; Reform Efforts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (San Francisco, CA, April 19-21, 1995).