ERIC Number: ED340770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Testing in American Schools: Asking the Right Questions. [Full Report.]
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
This report is aimed at helping Congress better understand the functions, history, capabilities, limitations, uses, and misues of educational tests; learn more about the promises and pitfalls of new assessment methods and technologies; and identify and weigh policy options affecting educational policy. To prepare this report, the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) examined technological and institutional aspects of educational testing. This report synthesizes the OTA's findings and outlines options for congressional action. The following chapters are included: (1) "Summary and Policy Options"; (2) "Testing in Transition"; (3) "Educational Testing Policy: The Changing Federal Role"; (4) "Lessons from the Past: A History of Educational Testing in the United States"; (5) "How Other Countries Test"; (6) "Standardized Tests in Schools: A Primer"; (7) "Performance Assessment: Methods and Characteristics"; and (8) "Information Technologies and Testing: Past, Present, Future." The OTA concludes that examining the capability of tests to meet specific objectives is necessary to resolve the conflict over testing in American schools. Issues now before the Congress that could fundamentally alter American testing are changes to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, proposals for national testing, and revisions to provisions for educationally disadvantaged children. Appendix A provides a 63-item list of acronyms, and Appendix B provides a 12-item bibliography of related contractor reports. (SLD)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Educational Testing, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government, Foreign Countries, Government Role, National Competency Tests, National Programs, Performance Based Assessment, Policy Formation, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation, Test Use, Testing Problems, Testing Programs
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328 ($14.00; S/N 052-003-01275-8).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A