ERIC Number: ED173424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Handbook for the Release of Test Data. The Office of Research Report Series.
Anderson, Lorin W.
Several questions are frequently asked by parents and news media regarding the purpose, content, and interpretation of the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills (CTBS)--the achievement battery currently used in South Carolina assessment programs. Proper interpretation of the CTBS, or any school district testing program, requires a sound understanding of its validity and reliability, and of the composition of the national sample relative to the students tested. It is easier to interpret test results by displaying percentile ranks, standard error of measurement, and frequency distributions in graphic form. As for releasing test data to parents and the news media, a formal report should be released at the district level, after first informing school district staff. The report should relate the purpose and results of the tests to school/district objectives, describe the students tested relative to the national sample, and compare results by year and by school. At the beginning of the school year, parents should be informed of the testing program, and results should be explained to individual parents in a parent-teacher conference. Followup meetings and press conferences are recommended for discussing programs to improve achievement. (CP)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Guides, Information Dissemination, News Media, Norm Referenced Tests, Parent School Relationship, Parents, Publicize, Research Reports, School Community Relationship, Scores, Statistical Data, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Test Interpretation, Test Results, Testing Programs
Educational Products Center, 1206 Rutledge Building, Columbia, South Carolina 29201 (free while supply lasts)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia. Office of Research.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills