ERIC Number: ED194635
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Use of Tests with Schoolchildren. Final Project Report.
Anastasi, Anne; Geisinger, Kurt F.
How standardized achievement and mental ability tests are used in the schools, and what parents and teachers think about such testing, were investigated. Guided inventories were administered to 207 teachers from 10 schools and to 223 parents from 12 Parent-Teacher Association groups. Intensive individual interviews were conducted with 15 testing coordinators with responsibility for district-wide testing decisions. Teacher inventory covered personal data, testing activities and use of test scores, test opinions, and familiarity with testing concepts and interpretive context. Parent inventory covered personal data, attitudes toward testing in general and toward specific educational uses of tests, knowledge about uses of tests in own child's school, reactions to own child being tested, and extent and nature of feedback received about child's test performance. Results for teachers, testing coordinators, and parents are reported in separate chapters. A discussion section integrates findings from these parts and presents implications, with special focus on testing communications at several levels. Teacher inventories, parent attitude measures, and test coordinators' interview questions are appended. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Fordham Univ., Bronx, NY. Dept. of Psychology.