ERIC Number: ED275750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Reading Tests: What Does That Score Mean? Standardized Reading Tests.
North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Center for Teaching and Learning.
In a question and answer format, this guide for parents discusses important issues about standardized reading tests, including the following: (1) scoring systems are obscure; (2) grade level equivalency scores are educationally inaccurate and misleading to child and parent; (3) standardized reading tests are meant to compare groups and not to refect an individual's achievement. Five demands parents can make to school officials are: (1) insist that authorities provide parents with information; (2) demand an end to the use of grade equivalency scores; (3) insist that test scores be reported with scrupulous accuracy; (4) insist that schools develop fair and accurate ways of evaluating students' reading skills; and (5) insist that tests be stripped of their mystery and that there be open discussion between school and parents about testing. (JAZ)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Error of Measurement, Grade Equivalent Scores, Graduation Requirements, Guessing (Tests), Parent Materials, Raw Scores, Reading Tests, Scoring, Standardized Tests, Test Interpretation
The North Dakota Study Group on Evaluation, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58202 (50 cents single copy, 40 cents for 10 or more copies).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Center for Teaching and Learning.