ERIC Number: ED194558
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
The Courts and Your Minimum Competency Testing Program--A Guide to Survival.
Fisher, Thomas H.
NCME Measurement in Education, v11 n1 Fall 1980
The events surrounding legal challenges to minimum competency testing programs are described, and ways of coping with the experiences are suggested. Discussion primarily is based on five legal challenges to the Florida program although reference is made to suits in other states for contrast. Whenever a student is faced with a threat to promotion or graduation, the probability of having the testing program contested is very real. Litigation is costly in terms of financial resources, time, and labor. Testing directors who get involved in litigation should work closely with their attorneys. All areas of test development and implementation will be attacked in court. Concommitant issues will be chiefly in the area of constitutional rights and segregation of the schools. The best defense is to have a well designed program. The experience of having the testing program challenged in court is not improper. Minimum competency testing programs are causing a dramatic change in today's schools. It is only proper that educators know for certain that children's rights are not being violated. (Author/RL)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Coping, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Legal Problems, Minimum Competency Testing, Student Rights, Testing Programs
National Council on Measurement in Education Attn: William J. Russell, 1230 17th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 ($2.50; 25 or more, $0.75 each).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Measurement in Education, Washington, DC.