ERIC Number: ED204380
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Uses and Misuses of Standardized Test Scores on a Local Level--A Test Developer's Perspective.
Beck, Michael D.
Standardized test scores (STS) should be used on a local level: (1) as one component of evaluation of a student, school, or district; (2) to draw as much interpretive meaning from a norm-referenced test (NRT) as their structure will support; (3) as a communication device with students, parents, the public, and professional staff; (4) to check status across grade levels in key subject matter areas; (5) to compare inter- and intra-grade scores across years; (6) to discover individuals whose measured achievement deviates significantly from their school ability level; and (7) to compare achievement scores with national, local, and other subgroup normative data sets. The misuse of STS is outlined, as are the several weaknesses or limitations of using "local norms" based only on the district population. Local norms often depend on unqualified local personnel for their interpretation, should be developed once and then re-used over the next few years in order to track year to year changes, and may lead to educationally damaging interpretations in low-performing districts. (RL)
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).