ERIC Number: ED323648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
State Testing Policy and Organizational Change: Transformation through Testing?
Zajano, Nancy C.
The effects of a statewide testing policy on school district organizational structure are described in this report. A year-long ethnographic case study identified the following dysfunctional results of school reform based on external regulation: ambivalent local educator attitudes; the promotion of a professional teaching dilemma; negative influences on curriculum and instruction; and the vulnerability of the professional culture. A conclusion is that teacher-student interaction cannot be mandated by external regulation and manipulation of the local organizational structure. A recommendation is made for the development of teachers' professional capacity over compliance with state testing standards. (34 references) (LMI)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Administrative Organization, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Change, Organizational Climate, Performance Tests, Policy Formation, Professional Development, School Districts, School Organization, School Restructuring, Standardized Tests, State Standards, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).