ERIC Number: ED250378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Testing Issue. Proceedings of a Conference Held at Alabama State University (Montgomery, Alabama, April 12-13, 1984).
Alabama Center for Higher Education, Birmingham.; Alabama Univ., Montgomery. Center for Improvement of Instruction and Learning.
This conference, whose theme was "The Testing Issue," addressed problems encountered with standardized testing in Alabama's historically black colleges and universities, and predominantly black high schools. It focused on immediate intervention strategies designed to provide access to high school diplomas, college, graduate and professional schools, and professional employment. Charlynn Robinson's opening remarks stressed the survival of black teachers and the need to improve teacher-made tests and teaching strategies. The keynote address by Thelma L. Spencer focused on methods used to teach students to think in systematic and accurate patterns. Students should be taught to subvocalize (move lips) to help themselves to hear, internalize, and increase their thinking ability. Teachers should be teaching reading in their subject fields. Teacher-made tests should give student familiarity with standardized test format. Improving thinking skills will improve test-taking skills. Other issues addressed at the conference included: (1) methods for developing classroom tests; (2) teacher accountability; (3) long-range instructional development programs emphasizing basic skills; (4) current models for test score improvement; and (5) test-taking tips and strategies for students. Appendices include Spencer's keynote address, "Improvement of Instruction and Learning," and six reports from participating institutions on current or planned models for improving test scores. (BS)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Alabama Center for Higher Education, Birmingham.; Alabama Univ., Montgomery. Center for Improvement of Instruction and Learning.