ERIC Number: ED287552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May-25
Reference Count: N/A
Student Development in 1990: New Developments in Testing.
Tripp, John D.; Webb, Nan
Testing as a means of documenting progress has risen to prominence in the climate of educational crisis which followed the publication of "A Nation At Risk." New developments in testing will determine how some of the current problems now facing postsecondary education are resolved. Among these problems are the following: lack of agreement on what constitutes college-level work, evidenced by the use of more than 70 different tests in student placement and wide variations in cut-off scores; recognition of the importance of correct student placement in facilitating success; increasing proportions of part-time adult students; widely varying standards in high school grades, which have rendered the measure unreliable for college entrance; adult illiteracy in a labor market that requires fewer and fewer unskilled workers; and increased pressures to demonstrate accountability. These problems can be addressed in the following ways: (1) the creation of an "all one learning system," which will standardize what constitutes college-level work in reading, communications, and mathematics; (2) the joint use of diagnostic and placement tests, and the careful monitoring of cut-scores; (3) more accurate assessment of prior learning; (4) the use of a combination of placement, diagnostic, aptitude, and vocational tests to assess high school students' prior learning; (5) participation in the National Literacy Project and the Adult Basic Literacy Education; (6) pre- and post-matriculation competency testing as a means of demonstrating accountability to both colleges/universities and employers. A bibliography is included. (UCM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Central Piedmont Community Coll., Charlotte, NC.