ERIC Number: ED265208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Test Score Decline Is Over: A Reinterpretation.
Stedman, Lawrence C.; Kaestle, Carl F.
Recent test results reveal that the test score decline has ended, but the legacy of this highly publicized educational episode continues. One widespread interpretation of the decline and recovery is that permissiveness and a collapse of standards in the late 1960s led to the decline and that a return to the basics and to tougher standards caused the turnaround. This paper argues that the causes of test score decline are still uncertain; that schools' standards and programs in the late 1960s probably had less to do with test score decline than is commonly believed; and that although the recent turnaround in test scores may have been the result of schools' renewed emphasis on the skills included on standardized tests, there are risks in teaching to test, in advocating a return to"the basics," and in believing that the central instructional problems of schools today will be remedied by rehabilitating the nation's average scores on standardized tests. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment; Iowa Tests of Basic Skills; National Assessment of Educational Progress; SAT (College Admission Test); Stanford Achievement Tests; Tests of Achievement and Proficiency