ERIC Number: ED361406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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Ninth Grade Proficiency, Is It the Best Measure of Learning: A Survey of Teacher Attitudes.
Birkmire, Karen J.
Teacher attitudes toward the high school proficiency test were identified through a 15-question survey distributed to 39 secondary school teachers representing various demographic school populations. The subjects were selected from five graduate education classes and a small city high school. The median number of years of teaching experience was 12.51 years. Results of the study show that educators believe that students should achieve a minimal competency before graduation, but are unsure if a standardized test is the best way to assess this knowledge. The data on increased time demands and paperwork are consistent with past research. The study reveals surprisingly mixed feelings about the proficiency test among educators in northwest Ohio. The negative attitudes expressed need to be brought to the attention of state legislators to gain a perspective that challenges the notion that proficiency will be a cure-all for today's educational problems. The survey questionnaire is included. (Contains 9 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Educational Attitudes, Grade 9, Graduate Students, Graduation Requirements, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Questionnaires, Secondary School Teachers, Standardized Tests, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Test Use, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio