ERIC Number: ED190654
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Standardized Testing: Implications for Minority Students.
Griffin, Andrew H., Jr.
The implications of standardized testing for minority students are explored. Test terminology is described in terms of objectivity, standardization, reliability, and validity. Primarily, however, the paper reviews the objectivity of standardized testing, that is, of those tests which are either norm-referenced or criterion-referenced. The use of these tests is illustrated. Reasons for the decline in satisfactory test results is cited, and the factors reported by the National Academy of Education Committee on Testing and Basic Skills are emphasized: (1) proliferation of courses; (2) confusion about the appropriate role of teachers; (3) slackening of "on task" attention; and (4) dismantling of opportunities for intensive study in selective academic environments at the secondary level. Other researchers are broadly cited pertaining to a critical overview of standardized testing and to some alternatives to standardized testing. (GK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.