ERIC Number: ED214950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Testing, Teaching and Learning: Chairmen's Report of a Conference on Research on Testing (August 17-26, 1978).
Tyler, Ralph W.; White, Sheldon H.
Four broad issues of educational tests use are presented with their major criticisms: tests meant to hold educators and school systems accountable have limited value, and when used to make decisions concerning individual students tests do not fully reflect the cultural backgrounds of minority students. Testing to evaluate educational innovations and experimental projects is criticized as being too narrow in scope for fair evaluation. Test use to guide teachers is seen as exercising a limiting effect in the classroom. The first recommendation is to develop equivalent tests better tailored to cultural background. A further suggestion is to better fit testing to educational objectives by increased research on criterion-referenced skills tests; application of information-handling technology; and by clarification of basic testing concepts for educators, parents and policy makers. Appropriate test use is discussed. Merging testing with teaching is recommended, using cognitive science analyses, interactive automated teaching-testing and involvement of teachers and scholars in testmaking. Expanded research and development of testing-learning models are suggested within natural classroom situations. A partial list of new test strategies, references, comments and an appendix of subject papers are given. (CM)
Descriptors: Culture Fair Tests, Educational Improvement, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Test Use, Testing Problems
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (631-367-2858).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.