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ERIC Number: ED357033
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 20
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Preparation of Students for Testing: Teacher Differentiation of Appropriate and Inappropriate Practices.
Moore, William P.
This paper studied whether or not elementary school classroom teachers in a large urban midwestern school district were able to distinguish appropriate from inappropriate testing practices in a large-scale mandated program. Fifty of 62 teachers and paraprofessionals in 2 elementary schools completed the Teacher Assessment Preparation Practices Questionnaire (TAPQ), which explored 40 specific testing behaviors of teachers from pretesting to posttesting. Respondents rated each teacher behavior regarding testing for acceptability. Participants distinguished appropriate testing behaviors, but did not demonstrate the expected capability when rating the behaviors. Less than half of the inappropriate behaviors were correctly identified. Those that were characterized as inappropriate had the largest standard errors and variability indices, indicative of disagreement among participants about the appropriateness of these practices. Teachers and paraprofessionals responded in similar ways, demonstrating similar levels of understanding of testing practice. Findings support other research results that have suggested that classroom educators are not prepared to implement appropriate and acceptable test preparation and test administration practices. Recommendations for improvement are included. One figure illustrates the discussion, and four tables summarize responses to the questionnaire items. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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