ERIC Number: ED361465
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Reinforcing the Promise, Reforming the Paradigm. Report of the Advisory Committee on Testing in Chapter 1.
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Compensatory Education Programs.
The Advisory Committee on Testing in Chapter 1 evaluated current testing policies in the Chapter 1 program and offered the U.S. Department of Education advice on improvements and alternatives to the current system. After analyzing existing testing procedures, the committee concluded that Chapter 1's overreliance on a single testing method, aggregated gain scores on standardized norm-referenced tests, does not provide adequate information by which to judge the progress of students, the quality of the school-level program, or the effectiveness of the national program. The Committee recommended that: (1) the Federal Government periodically evaluate the national effectiveness of Chapter 1 by evaluating the achievement of a representative sample of eligible student beginning in grade 3; (2) states should develop and implement several types of standards; (3) local education agencies should assess the progress of participant children using state-developed assessment methods; (4) teachers should assess students using a variety of methods; (5) school districts should use multiple indicators; (6) assessment should be compatible with schoolwide service delivery; (7) a transition period of 5 years should be allowed; and (8) funds should be set aside for staff development. A copy of the Committee charter is provided. (Contains 6 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Advisory Committees, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Programs, Guidelines, Program Evaluation, Remedial Instruction, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation, Test Use
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Compensatory Education Programs.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1