ERIC Number: ED191853
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Standardized Testing in the Educational Organization Administrative Performance Information System.
Sproull, Lee S.; Zubrow, David
Findings are presented of an empirical study involving public, private, and parochial school systems' use of standardized test information by central office administrators. Examples of actual use are given, and descriptions of central office perspectives on standardized testing are detailed. Three categories were found to account for most of the criteria used in test selection: test content/design; information produced by the test and its potential use; and monetary and time costs. Test content/design was the most prevalent category. Overall, the frequently reported justifications for testing were individual student diagnosis and placement, program evaluation, and achievement measurement. Central office administrators were found to view testing as primarily serving student-oriented purposes. Generally, testing did not appear to be salient to central office administrators; rather, they viewed it as necessary to provide test information to those in the organization who used it at the individual student level. (Author/GK)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Responsibility, Cybernetics, Data Collection, Educational Assessment, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Utilization, Management Information Systems, Private Schools, Public Schools, Standardized Tests, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (64th, Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).