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ERIC Number: ED219446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Standardized Achievement Tests in the Management of Instruction: A Survey of Teacher and Administrator Practices and Attitudes.
Wood, Carolyn M.
Attitudes related to standardized achievement and ability tests were examined among a group of elementary and middle school teachers and administrators whose students are tested annually to fulfill a statewide accountability law. Teachers' survey responses indicated general support for testing and for the use of test results for diagnosing school- and system-wide instructional strengths and weaknesses, for demonstrating school accountability (along with other indicators), and for assisting in the establishment of homogeneous instructional groups. Test results were viewed, however, as less important than teacher observations and teacher-made tests as tools for instructional decisions. Teachers were more likely to cite specific uses of test results, however, if they perceived administrators in their building as using the results. Administrators and counselors expressed somewhat more confidence than teachers in the usefulness of standardized tests for specific instructional purposes. Teachers' experience and information about testing were found to be largely unrelated to their test use practices and attitudes. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A