ERIC Number: ED317549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-29
Statement to the Governors [Cautions on Standardized Testing].
National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest), Cambridge, MA.
This paper is prompted by the Joint Statement issued from the Education Summit, and addresses the need to change testing policy from reliance on standardized, multiple-choice testing to the use of more authentic methods of assessing educational performance and progress. The governors are warned against increasing the use of standardized tests and the use of test scores as measures of educational progress and against raising scores to the level of an educational goal. In its 1988 report, "Fallout from the Testing Explosion", the National Center for Fair and Open Testing found that the over 100 million standardized tests administered to public school students each year reduce educational quality and equal opportunity by narrowing the curriculum to the limited skills these multiple-choice examinations can measure, encouraging inaccurate placement decisions, and undermining school accountability. It is concluded that standardized, multiple-choice tests subvert educational goals outlined in the Educational Summit. These goals are associated with the readiness of children to start school; the performance of students on international achievement tests; the reduction of dropout rates and improvement of academic performance, especially among at-risk students; the functional literacy of the adult population; the level of training necessary to guarantee a competitive workforce; the supply of qualified teachers and up-to-date technology; and the establishment of safe, disciplined, and drug-free schools. (TJH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest), Cambridge, MA.