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ERIC Number: ED195556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Parents'/Advocates' Strategies to Assure the Appropriate Use of Tests in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools.
Mizell, M. Hayes
Because testing and the use of test results are controversial subjects, parents and advocates must exercise considerable care when working to assure that tests are appropriately used in public elementary and secondary schools. One should guard against making assumptions which may have been created by widely publicized reports about test abuse. Prior to discussing test use with educators, parents and advocates should be clear about the specific nature of their concerns, as knowledgeable as possible about testing, and have outlined the specific information they want from the educators. Considerations should include: (1) tests should be used to help children; (2) educators should be able to clearly explain the meaning of test results; and (3) tests and test results should not be considered to be the exclusive property of the school or school district. Each year, parents and advocates need to systematically determine who required the test to be given and how the test results will be used in order to determine whether the tests are truly being used to benefit the children. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A