ERIC Number: ED201679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
The Use and Misuse of Norm Referenced Test Scores for Decision Making at the Local School Level: A School District's Perspective.
Frechtling, Joy A.
The traditional use of scores derived from standardized, norm-referenced achievement tests is examined as to its role in a local school system's efforts to monitor itself and to examine how well individual students, schools and the overall system are functioning. Several questions regarding the legitimacy of well-established practices involving test use are raised. These questions include: (1) how much and what kind of information do norm-referenced standardized tests really provide for program managers and school administrators, and (2) what are the real differences between an achievement test and an ability test in what they measure and how they should be used? It is concluded that the use of standardized tests should be closely examined, and that alternative methods are needed for measuring achievement expectancy of students as well as schools. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).