ERIC Number: ED207231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Competency Testing: Assessment or Politics? Draft.
Carter, David G., Sr.
Competency testing legislation is the result of citizen pressure and lacks the benefit of careful deliberation by professionals. Hastily passed legislation has forced state departments of education and school districts to accept their duty to implement competency testing programs without the appropriate resources. Many of the basic problems of competency testing include test bias, simplicity of test items, lack of in-service or other training resources, and poor communication with parents. In some cases poorly administered testing programs have resulted in racial descrimination and cultural or linguistic bias. To avoid such possibilities, school authorities must develop a process that ensures that all participants understand the program, that tests are carefully developed and piloted, and that appropriate statistical measures are employed to avoid linguistic bias and insure validity and reliability of tests. (JEH)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Court Litigation, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Discrimination, Minimum Competencies, Minimum Competency Testing, Political Influences, Public Opinion, Racial Discrimination, Social Discrimination, State Legislation, Student Certification, Testing Problems
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).