ERIC Number: ED181045
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jun-12
Reference Count: N/A
State Assessment Programs: Current Status and a Look Ahead.
Kauffman, John D.
Two reports on the current status and future trends of state assessment programs are presented. Among the results summarized for 1977-1978 and also presented in chart form for the 41 states which administer testing programs are: 19 programs are mandated by state legislatures; 22 programs test all students in the grades or ages assessed; mathematics and reading are the subjects most frequently tested; 30 programs use objectives prepared on the state or local level; 29 programs use tests prepared by external contractors; data are reported to the legislature in 33 programs; and data influence resource allocations in 5 programs. Among future trends, considerations include: using assessment data to determine minimum competency; sampling student competency; adding some areas and grades; deleting grades; and assessing educable mentally retarded and other populations. Findings are also detailed and charted for 1978-1979 and point toward an increase in criterion-referenced testing; the additions of writing, science, social studies, and the humanities to testing programs; and greater educational accountability to state legislatures and state boards of education. (MH)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Educational Testing, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Minimum Competency Testing, National Surveys, Program Descriptions, Questionnaires, Standardized Tests, State Departments of Education, State Legislation, State Programs, Test Construction, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scholastic Testing Service, Inc., Bensenville, IL.
Identifiers - Location: United States