ERIC Number: ED352381
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
R&D Priorities for Educational Testing and Evaluation: The Testimony of the CRESST National Faculty.
Herman, Joan L., Ed.
At the 1989 meeting of the National Faculty of the Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST), faculty members were invited to present testimony on what they viewed as the most pressing research and policy issues in the fields of testing, evaluation, and standards. These views are expressed in this document, highlighting important problems for a national research and development agenda. These collected views represent a diverse group of policymakers, practitioners, test publishers, professional organizations, and researchers, but they show considerable agreement on priority areas. Chief of these is the need to develop alternatives to multiple-choice standardized tests, and the need for meaningful performance-based assessment of higher skills. Also noted is the need for process oriented measures that could help teachers diagnose and facilitate student learning. The need for better quality indicators is often expressed, as are concerns for the impact of current accountability practices. Research and development are requested in the areas of evaluation utilization, communication of results, and various technical issues of testing. Statements are included from the following persons: (1) B. Anderson; (2) G. D. Estes; (3) L. S. Orum and S. A. Alatorre Alva; (4) S. Robinson; (5) G. W. Bracey; (6) T. Endo; (7) S. Johnson-Lewis; (8) G. Williamson; (9) L. Winters; (10) T. Kerins; (11) G. Malo; (12) E. D. Roeber; (13) J. Keene; (14) J. Olsen; (15) S. Burton; (16) D. Berliner; and (17) M. C. Wittrock. An appendix lists research questions in assessment. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Agenda Setting, Alternative Assessment, Educational Indicators, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Utilization, Multiple Choice Tests, Needs Assessment, Performance Based Assessment, Research and Development, Research Problems, Standard Setting (Scoring), Standardized Tests, Testing Problems
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.