ERIC Number: ED312272
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Testing Code of Ethics for North Carolina Testing Personnel, Teachers and School Administrators.
North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Research and Testing Services.
General testing guidelines for experienced and new testing personnel, teachers, and school administrators are presented. The Testing Code of Ethics is intended to enhance the awareness of school personnel regarding proper testing procedures and to emphasize the unrelenting attention necessary to provide accurate test data for decision making. Aspects of the North Carolina Statewide Testing Program that are essential to fulfilling the testing mandate are: test security; test administration; scoring; reporting; and interpreting results. Specific points are discussed in each of these areas. It is crucial that teachers and administrators adhere to certain standards in fulfilling testing responsibilities. These recommended practices include: (1) being factual in discussing standardized tests; (2) fulfilling the requirements of the standard curriculum, and not focusing solely on preparing students for standardized testing; (3) encouraging students to do their best and not to worry about not knowing the answer to a test question; (4) informing students about characteristics of norm-referenced and criterion-referenced tests; (5) making students aware of tests and the material they cover without coaching on specific content; (6) avoiding the use of pressure or threats in presenting tests to students; (7) not attempting to raise test scores by excluding low-scoring students or groups of students from testing; (8) not using scores on standardized tests as a sole determinant of whether a student is retained or promoted; (9) considering weaknesses revealed by tests in curriculum planning; (10) using and interpreting tests correctly; and (11) limiting access to test results to those occasions when parents and guardians have a strong need, in which case, tests may be examined in the presence of a school representative. (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Research and Testing Services.