ERIC Number: ED193258
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers and Testing; A Survey of Knowledge and Attitudes.
Ward, James G.
Part of the plan by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to prepare training materials and conduct conferences on improving teachers' use of standardized tests was to survey a representative sample of elementary/secondary teachers. This survey ascertains teacher preparation and knowledge in testing, teacher assessment of the importance of testing to teaching, and teacher attitudes toward various testing issues. Findings indicate that teachers seem to be generally supportive of standardized tests, and understand the need for quality standards in education. Specifically, it was found that teachers want useful information in three areas: (1) diagnosing individual student needs; (2) planning instructional activities and programs, and (3) placing and grouping students. Results of the survey support the notion of testing an an integral part of instructional programs. Teachers appear to be somewhat supportive of minimum competency testing, but see many serious flaws in most current programs in this area. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.