ERIC Number: ED183607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Feb-20
Reference Count: N/A
Competency Testing in Florida. Report to the Florida Cabinet. Part I. Task Force on Educational Assessment Programs.
Florida State Univ., Tallahassee.
After studying the testing and remedial programs used in Florida's public schools, the Task Force on Educational Assessment Programs presented its findings and recommendations. Findings are reported regarding: the schedule for implementing the testing program (which requires that students pass the Functional Literacy Test before they may graduate from high school); public and professional reactions to the testing program; the test's name; the importance of academic as opposed to practical life skills; the test's validity in predicting life success; problems in testing exceptional students; cultural bias; consistent testing procedures; and test validity related to appropriate curriculum content. A brief review of remedial programs is included, as is a brief comparison of 1977 and 1978 test scores. Recommendations are addressed to four main concerns: (1) eliminating unfairness and communication problems-- including changing the time of testing and the test's name; (2) promoting early learning and diagnostic testing; (3) improving test quality and emphasizing items which test basic skills; and (4) monitoring remedial programs by the state department of education. Forty-one behavioral objectives, a bibliography, and a list of task force participants are appended. (GDC)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Communication Skills, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Functional Literacy, Graduation Requirements, Instructional Improvement, Mathematics, Minimum Competency Testing, Program Improvement, Remedial Programs, State Programs, Test Bias, Test Validity, Testing Problems, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee.
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Florida State Student Assessment Test