ERIC Number: ED092578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Testimony Presented by the National Education Association to the Panel on Evaluation of the Michigan Assessment Program.
National Education Association, Washington, DC.
That teachers should be held accountable for conducting the best possible instructional processes, not for guaranteeing learning, is the view of the National Education Association (NEA). Because of the inadequate nature of tests of student achievement, the diverse nature of student populations, and the various conditions affecting learning, the NEA states that teachers must not be held accountable for student achievement as it is currently measured. The Association believes that accountability programs should be based on multiple indexes, and that test results should never be used as the major source of data. Evaluation must be implemented not only in cognitive areas, but in areas in which the goals are more difficult to measure. The NEA sees little evidence that state assessment programs are aimed at helping the teacher in solving serious instructional problems. Furthermore, the NEA prefers that greater emphasis be placed on professional expertise, judgment, and flexibility of approach in both curriculum development and instructional methodology since there is so little definitive research on the success of performance objectives in promoting learning. State assessment must emphasize diagnosis rather than classification of students. (RC)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Program Evaluation, State Programs, Teacher Responsibility, Testing, Testing Problems
Not available separately; See TM003687
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.