ERIC Number: ED359163
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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Testing and Instruction: Partners in Educational Excellence.
Abebe, Solomon; Sands, Brenda F.
Testing and instruction are sometimes seen as unrelated elements in the educational process, rather than as integrated components. This paper, organized in three sections, views testing and instruction as complements in the educational process, taking into account both testing and instruction in schools and classrooms with diverse student populations where cross cultural awareness, mutual respect, and mutual understanding become essential parts of the curriculum. In the first section, a variety of instructional methods are reviewed. The advantages of each method, with an eye to student needs as well as preparation for a multicultural world, are considered. The second section discusses assessment in a real world context; a distinction between test and assessment is drawn; and context-relevant assessment is presented as a sound way to meet the challenges of accountability. Appropriate assessment allows students to demonstrate skills without discriminating against minority students' special learning needs, styles, or difficulties. The final section considers how instruction and assessment can be integrated to meet both the needs of the learner and the challenge of a complex, interrelated, and multicultural world. (Contains 44 references.) (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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