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ERIC Number: ED108218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Common Sense and Testing in English; Report of the Task Force on Measurement and Evaluation in the Study of English.
National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
This report of the Task Force on Measurement and Evaluation in the Study of English (appointed by the National Council of Teachers of English) analyzes the present state of the art of testing and recommends the use of common sense in selecting and using tests and in interpreting the information derived from testing. The report views standardized tests in current use as inadequate and advises makers of tests to be more explicit in stating the limitations of their tests, to do more to describe the populations on which norms are based, and to be more effective in informing users about proper and improper uses of tests and test data. Among the alternatives which the Task Force suggests as superior to testing are portfolios of student work, interviews, peer evaluation, and observations of classroom performance. (JM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction, Evaluation, Measurement Instruments, Norm Referenced Tests, Standardized Tests, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Testing, Tests
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.