ERIC Number: ED211511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Training Pre-Service Elementary Teachers in Use of a Standardized Language Arts Achievement Test.
Shank, Kathlene S.
A standardized language arts achievement test can be used by language arts teachers as they plan the language arts curriculum, group pupils, individualize instruction, and identify pupils needing special help. Two interventions, training and process consultation, were used to identify the most effective method of training preservice elementary language arts teachers in the use of standardized tests. As a pretest, the student teachers were required to administer to their class a standardized language arts achievement test and to use the results in classroom planning in the nine weeks of their field experience. The student teachers were divided into three groups: Group I was the control group; the members in Group II were trained for three days in the use of standardized tests; and Group III received the three days of training as well as process consultation, which provided intraclassroom guidance and supervision to individual teachers. Process consultation, combined with training in the use of standardized tests, was the most effective training situation, since nine of the twelve teachers in Group III showed increased knowledge of the uses of standardized tests and their results. In comparison, six of the twelve teachers in Group I demonstrated increased knowledge, and eight of the twelve teachers in Group II increased their knowledge scores. Group III teachers also showed greater changes in attitudes and used a greater variety of materials and approaches. (FG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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