ERIC Number: ED250318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Summary of Guildelines for Test Users.
Costello, Sandra; Weiss, David
This paper reports the results of a survey conducted in the spring of l981 that was designed to collect and summarize guidelines on appropriate test use from the various organizations, agencies, and associations involved in standardized educational testing. The primary objective of the study was to learn how these various groups define the issues of appropriate test use and to summarize what they had to say about each of the issues. The first section provides an overview of the materials received from the organizations contacted, while the second section provides abstracts that describe the contents of the documents received. Out of 418 organizations contacted, 40 percent responded to the letter, 21 percent returned some form of document, and 8 percent provided documents that contained guidelines for appropriate test use. A checklist was implemented to review each document, with the following results: (1) Almost all organizations provided quidelines in the category of test score interpretation; (2) The purpose of testing examples of misuse, and procedures for monitoring compliance received less emphasis than interpreting test scores; and (3) Test selection, test administration, scoring tests, communicating results, handling test data, and qualifications of test users received the least attention. Limitations of the survey are also discussed. (Author/EGS)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Educational Testing, Evaluation Criteria, Scores, Standardized Tests, Standards, Test Interpretation, Test Results, Test Selection, Test Use, Testing Programs
Educational Testing Service, Research Publications R-ll6, Princeton, NJ 0854l
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.