ERIC Number: ED052234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Measuring What Learners Learn (With a Special Look at Performance Contracting).
Stake, Robert E.
A discussion of performance contracting, defined as an agreement between a group offering instruction and a school needing the services, is presented. Four major hazards to direct measurement of specific learning are considered: poor statement of objectives; selection of the wrong tests; misinterpretation of test scores; and depersonalization of contemporary life. These and other problems such as human and testing error, valid criterion testing, and the question of when to test, are discussed in full. The relationship of these hazards of performance measurement to performance contracting, and to regular school programs, is presented. (AG)
Descriptors: Accountability, Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational Objectives, Educational Testing, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Grade Equivalent Scores, Learning, Measurement, Performance Contracts, Performance Criteria, Performance Specifications, Teacher Evaluation, Testing Problems
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for Instructional Research and Curriculum Evaluation.