ERIC Number: ED221577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Standardized Testing under Court Ordered Desegregation: Developing a Compliance Plan.
Fleming, Margaret; And Others
Court ordered desegregation introduces significant requirements for school districts' testing programs. The Remedial Order in effect in Cleveland, Ohio (Reed vs. Rhodes) cautions defendants that "they must insure that all tests, whether standardized, criterion-referenced, or teacher-made are developed, administered, and scored in a nondiscriminatory manner." The court mandate includes teacher-made tests as well as standardized tests. A compliance plan must ensure that standardized and classroom tests be used in a nondiscriminatory manner. Bias in instruments and testing procedures must also be monitored at all levels. The Cleveland School District developed a compliance plan which includes a Test Review Committee to select and monitor the testing program, staff development programs using task-relevant materials and peer teams to demonstrate diagnostic use of standardized tests, validated slide-tape packages and hands-on materials to train teachers to improve classroom tests, and student diagnostic profiles together with individualized narratives to facilitate dissemination of results to students and parents. For each component, a description of service, delivery procedure, and assessment findings is discussed. First year assessment supports the plan's feasibility and effectiveness in fulfilling the letter and spirit of the desegregation order. (Author/CM)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Criterion Referenced Tests, Culture Fair Tests, Desegregation Plans, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Inservice Teacher Education, School Districts, Standardized Tests, Teacher Made Tests, Test Bias, Test Construction, Test Use, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cleveland Public Schools, OH.