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ERIC Number: ED480036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Pages: 19
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Why Use Tests and Assessments?
Fremer, John; Wall, Janet
This chapter outlines the purpose of testing and assessment, focusing on uses, and highlights some of the limitations of all forms of testing. The concept of testing is one of the major contributions of the field of psychology to society. Carefully developed tests, when used wisely, provide valuable information for decision makers in educational, employment, and clinical settings. It is because of their often-demonstrated utility that tests and other standardized assessments are so widely used in educational settings. In order to gain the potential benefits that tests offer, it is essential to be aware of their strengths and their limitations. In this chapter, the following key aspects of high-quality testing are reviewed: what is a test or assessment; what are the major uses of tests; what are the key benefits of systematic, high-quality testing; what are the frequent criticisms of testing; and how can we promote high-quality testing. (Contains 14 references.) (GCP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: In: Measuring Up: Assessment Issues for Teachers,