ERIC Number: ED342815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Reauthorization of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement Act. Hearing on Examining the Need for a Nationwide Testing System Focusing on Recommendations To Establish National Student Performance Standards before the Subcommittee on Education, Arts, and Humanities of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. United States Senate, One Hundred Second Congress, First Session (March 7 and June 13, 1991).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
The first of two hearings held in the winter and spring of 1991 to consider the reauthorization of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement focused on the question of national testing. The proposed legislation stipulates that a national test would measure an individual's educational achievement, give the local education agency an indication of how its students compare with others, and highlight strengths and weaknesses in the educational attainment of students on a district-by-district basis. Advocates and opponents of a national test and testing system addressed the hearings. Speeches and prepared statements were presented by: Senator Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas; Governor Roy Romer of Colorado; Jack Anderson, school superintendent; Maureen Daniels, elementary teacher, and the senior officers of a range of education related organizations including: William H. Kolberg, National Alliance of Business; Laura Resnick, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh; Gordon Ambach, Council of Chief State School Officers; Albert Shanker, American Federation of Teachers; and Michael E. Melody, College and Test Publishing, Houghton Mifflin Company. At the second session, during which broader issues relating to educational research and improvement were examined, witnesses included Senator Kassebaum, joined by senators Orrin G. Hatch (Utah), James H. Jeffords (Vermont), and Dan Coats (Indiana). Also testifying were Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander and the following nongovernment witnesses: Jeri Nowakowski, North Carolina Regional Educational Development and Research; Arthur E. Wise, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; Nathaniel M. Semple, Committee for Economic Development; Boyd W. Boehlje, National Assessment Governing Board; and Daniel M. Stewart, The College Board. Prepared statements and other documentation are included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Comparative Analysis, Educational Assessment, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Hearings, National Competency Tests, National Programs, National Standards, School Districts, Standardized Tests
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.