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ERIC Number: ED142567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The Uses of Standardized Testing. Fastback Series No. 93.
Ebel, Robert L.
In a discussion of the value of standardized tests and their implications for effective teaching, the author contends that such tests are useful in keeping those concerned with the learning process focused on the main target. In addition, standardized tests serve to (1) reveal variations in the effectiveness of different instructional procedures or curricula, (2) motivate teachers and students to succeed, (3) recognize and reward success in learning, (4) facilitate comparisons of the effectiveness of students, teachers, and schools, and (5) focus on schooling as a purposeful educational activity with results that can be assessed and documented systematically. The limitations of standardized testing and alternatives to testing are discussed. (MV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Alternative Assessment, Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Formative Evaluation, Norm Referenced Tests, Objective Tests, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation, Summative Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Test Bias, Test Reliability, Test Results, Test Validity, Testing Problems
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, Indiana 47401 (for members, $0.60 ea., for nonmembers, $0.75)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.