ERIC Number: ED183626
Record Type: RIE
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Standardized Reading Tests: Do They Help or Hurt Your Child.
North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Center for Teaching and Learning.
Intended for parents, this guide discusses the effects of standardized tests on children, using test items from recent standardized reading tests which have been administered to children aged 7 to 13 and children's responses to these items. For each item, comments are made about the ambiguity of the item; the various interpretations that can be applied to item content, influencing the answer; measurement of knowledge content rather than reading ability; test makers' biases; or confusing language and format. The authors comment about the effects of these tests: (1) class placement and labeling; (2) pressure on teachers to coach students for the tests; (3) negative effects on curriculum; (4) costs of improving reading programs, based mainly on test scores; (5) effect on children's self-concept; and (6) reaction of parents to their children, based on test scores. (MH)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Reading Tests, Response Style (Tests), Standardized Tests, Test Bias, Test Interpretation, Test Items, Test Results, Test Validity, Testing Problems
North Dakota Study Group on Evaluation, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58202 ($0.50 ea., 10 or more, $0.40 ea.)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Center for Teaching and Learning.
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