ERIC Number: ED375155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Ethics in Testing.
Wilson, Harry E.
School Management Advisor, n21
The North Carolina statewide testing program is designed to determine and ensure the competence of high school graduates, evaluate the educational process, and provide public accountability for educational results. There is little law to guide school administrators in dealing with various ethical issues in statewide testing, but there are some laws that provide ways of dealing with unethical behaviors. School boards should adopt codes of ethics for dealing with standardized tests, and it should be possible to dismiss a teacher if unethical use of test material can be established. Any disciplinary action customarily used in the school district can be used if an employee violates test security. School board policy must determine whether an administrator or school can properly offer incentives to teachers on the condition that their classes perform well on standardized tests. Such incentives are not necessarily unethical, but must be examined carefully. An appendix contains pertinent North Carolina state law related to testing. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Administrators, Boards of Education, Codes of Ethics, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethics, Government Role, Incentives, Public Schools, School Districts, Standardized Tests, State Government, State Programs, Test Results, Test Use, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh.