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ERIC Number: ED346162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Does a National Test/Examination System Support or Undermine Higher Student Learning?
Anderson, Beverly L.; Ellis, Dolores
Student learning is the bottom line for nearly all efforts to establish a national test system. Major efforts in this area are summarized in this paper. The various efforts seem to move ahead independently, but some common ideas include: (1) creating a national assessment system rather than a single test; (2) developing more than multiple-choice tests, especially performance based assessments; (3) devising subject matter standards for assessment development; (4) increasing understanding of commonalities and differences among subject matter areas; (5) clarifying the consequences of use of national assessments; and (6) investigating the impact of national assessment efforts on fundamental teaching and learning. Two attachments are included. Attachment A describes current alternatives being discussed to measure student learning on a national basis. Choices include the National Assessment of Educational Progress and other state and national alternatives. Attachment B contains a chart with further details on these alternatives. The addresses of 14 contact persons and their organizations are listed. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress