ERIC Number: ED341738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Effects of Standardized Testing on Teachers and Learning--Another Look.
Herman, Joan L.; Golan, Shari
The effects of standardized testing on schools and on the teaching and learning processes within schools were studied using responses from upper elementary school teachers in matched pairs from 11 medium-to-large school districts in 9 states. In all, 341 teachers responded to a 136-item questionnaire prepared for the study that explored the amount and type of test preparation in the classroom and school, the impact of testing on non-tested subjects, the impact of testing on teacher pride and professionalism, and attitudes about reasons why test scores change. Results indicate that testing does influence the teaching and learning within schools. Substantial time and attention are devoted to assuring that students are taught tested objectives and given practice in test content. Schools send messages to their teachers about the importance of test-curriculum alignment and teachers design instruction with such alignment in mind. These effects are particularly evident in schools serving low socioeconomic status students. Less apparent is whether test score improvements signal school improvement or teaching to the test. Twenty-nine tables and one flowchart present study data. A 25-item list of references and the Teacher Questionnaire are included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.