ERIC Number: ED234091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan-3
Student Minimum Competency Testing. Issuegram 20.
This brief report states that recent emphasis on minimum competency testing has been on using the test results to make better decisions for improving the instructional program and providing remediation. State and local school districts, using advisory committees and commissions, are in various stages of identifying instructional goals and objectives to be used for test item specification and item writing. These activities are followed by field testing and then full-scale testing. States are carefully considering the rights of minority and handicapped students in their testing programs. A chart shows those 17 states that have the high school graduation requirement in place, the type of test to be passed, whether it is state or locally developed, and the first graduating class to which it applies. In many states, there has been considerable discussion about requiring minimum competency tests for grade-to-grade promotion, but little real action has been taken. (PN)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Basic Skills, Educational Diagnosis, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Utilization, Graduation Requirements, Instructional Improvement, Minimum Competency Testing, Remedial Programs, School Districts, Test Results
Distribution Center Education Commission of the States, 1860 Lincoln Street, Suite 300, Denver, Co 80295 (1 to 9 copies, $2.00 ea., over 10, $1.50 ea.).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.