ERIC Number: ED275727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Testing: Future Challenges, Future Responses.
Kean, Michael H.
A number of challenges will be faced by the school testing community in the future. The content of achievement tests must match the curriculum, which changes its focus over the years. Test content should reflect expanding curriculum areas such as computer literacy, consumer skills, and critical thinking. Test publishers will provide data for decision making, not merely instruments. Tests should be matched to the particular purpose for which the scores will be used. Careful test construction may result in shorter tests which provide more information. One important challenge involves learning how to utilize test information. A variety of audiences use test results, and they have different information needs. Advertising techniques will be used to communicate information to these audiences. Turnaround time in scoring tests must be faster; microcomputers and telephone transmission of data will help achieve increase in speed. Testing individuals at the proper level will be facilitated by computer adaptive testing and branching. Microcomputers will be used increasingly in both testing and instruction. Test data will be linked to other data bases, and comparative normative data will be updated more often. Finally, item analyses should also target what students have not yet mastered. (GDC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (San Francisco, CA, April 17-20, 1986).