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ERIC Number: ED092576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 30
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[Statement by Dr. Helen Wise, President, NEA, to the Symposium-"Statewide Educational Assessment: Coexistence or Confrontation"].
Wise, Helen
Although emphatically not against the concept of educational accountability, the National Education Association (NEA) feels that a redirection is needed in the implementation of such a system. Because of error, especially in testing minority and poor children, accountability programs should never use test results as the major source of data but should rely on multiple indexes. When testing is used, the NEA emphasizes the diagnostic capabilities of tests and warns against comparing students, schools or teachers. The NEA believes that teachers should be given the freedom to exercise professional judgment, to set learning goals for individual students, to assess the achievement of these goals and to establish the instructional procedures for attaining the desired learning. To expand and reinforce these comments, two NEA papers are included with this document: "Criteria for Evaluating State Education Accountability Systems" and "Testimony Presented by the National Education Association to the Panel on Evaluation of the Michigan Assessment Program." (RC)
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