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ERIC Number: ED126141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Dissemination and Utilization of Large Scale Test Results: Is Anybody Out There Listening? And If Not, Why Not?
Hall, Mary
The paper reviews previous research studies and conferences which have dealt with the question of whether large-scale testing programs are effective. It is concluded that such programs, defined as efforts to determine the status of student achievement on a school, district, state, or national basis, are not serving the informational needs of the decision-making bodies for whom they are designed. Three schools of thought are discussed concerning reasons why large-scale testing programs are not adequately responsive. These included those who believe that policymakers do not wish to make data-based decisions; those who believe the fault lies with ineffective dissemination and utilization subsystems; and those who challenge the suitability of large-scale testing programs, as currently operated, for serving the realities of educational policymaking. After discussing the nature of educational policymaking, the paper suggests three reasons why testing and assessment programs have failed to make the desired impact. These include: (1) such programs have not adequately defined the level at which their target audiences are most likely to make policy; (2) such programs seldom have the capacity to produce information which is "issue" oriented at a time when it is most needed by policymakers; and (3) few programs take into account that the policymaking process is characterized by "uncertainty" and by "competing value systems." (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (60th, San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)