ERIC Number: ED131124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Testing...Grouping: The New Segregation in Southern Schools?
Mills, Roger; Bryan, Miriam M.
When a child takes a standardized test measuring ability or achievement, the results of that test may well determine the kind of education he is going to get. When school personnel select certain tests, administer them, and assign students to groups according to their scores on these tests, are they doing it in such a way that the end results are educationally sound for all children? The purpose of this handbook is to help answer this question. It explains what testing is all about and offers suggestions on how the testing and grouping of children in a school system may be examined. Information is provided in these areas: (1) ability grouping and tracking, (2) testing, (3) how to find out about ability grouping and tracking in a school system, (4) how to begin the move for reform in a system, and (5) ability grouping and the law. Appendices contain a section on the prevalence of ability grouping across the South, "Ability Grouping: Status, Impact, and Alternatives" by Miriam Bryan, descriptions of tests commonly used in ability grouping, and a glossary of measurement terms used in this handbook. (RC)
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Achievement Tests, Aptitude Tests, Educational Legislation, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Guides, Intelligence Tests, Norms, Reading Readiness Tests, Reading Tests, Southern Schools, Standardized Tests, Test Interpretation, Test Reliability, Test Reviews, Test Selection, Test Validity, Testing Problems
Southern Regional Council, 52 Fairlee St., N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303 ($2.50, Bulk Rate: $2.00, five or more)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Council, Atlanta, GA.