ERIC Number: ED211600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Achievement Tests: What They Are and What They Are For. Studies in Measurement and Methodology, Work Unit I: Design and Use of Tests.
Baker, Eva L.
This booklet is planned to help teachers, parents, students, and community members to understand concepts and research relating to testing in public schools. Three general uses--public access, accountability, and standards--relate to testing in its broadest conception. The major purposes of tests are discussed, as are some different types of tests, the criterion-referenced test, features of tests such as validity, standards, reliability, and bias, and the usefulness of tests. Four principles are illustrated which, if employed as a basis for the review of a testing process, could result in significant changes in the way people think about tests and believe in their usefulness. These principles state that tests should be public, economical, related to instruction, and should offer significant experiences to students. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.