ERIC Number: ED156705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Handbook for Reporting and Using Test Results. California Assessment Program.
California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Office of Program Evaluation and Research.
Since the California Assessment Program began in 1972 to provide information for evaluation of school programs in California, major changes in testing practices have occurred. Scholastic aptitude testing has been eliminated in all grades; state-designed reading and basic skills tests are administered in grades one, two, three, six, and twelve. This handbook was created to provide district test coordinatohs with information and assistance in dealing with the public and the press. A chapter on interpreting test results includes information about statistics, percentile ranks, satisfactory results, comparing pupil norms to school or district norms, and questions and answers concerning test results. Guidelines are Provided for reporting results to boards of education, which include information on report preparation and organization of meetings. The section on use of results for program improvement discusses test reviews, identification of areas of high and low scores, determination of the reflection of test content in curriculum, and recommendations for change. Answers to common questions asked by reporters about test results and sample news releases offer assistance in dealing with the media. A checklist of communication techniques for reporting to staff, pupils, parents, and taxpayers is also included, as well as sample district newsletters which report student test scores. (Author/JAC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Administrator Guides, Basic Skills, Boards of Education, Community Relations, Educational Assessment, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Dissemination, News Media, Public Relations, Reports, Standardized Tests, State Departments of Education, State Legislation, State Programs, Test Interpretation, Test Results, Testing Programs
Bureau of Publications Sales, California State Department of Education, P.O. Box 271, Sacramento, California 95802 ($8.50)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Office of Program Evaluation and Research.
Identifiers - Location: California