ERIC Number: ED375159
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Policymakers' Views of Student Assessment.
McDonnell, Lorraine M.
The gap between policymaker enthusiasm for the uses of student assessment and expert caution is analyzed by examining new forms of student assessment as an education policy strategy. The study is based on interviews with 34 national and state policymakers and focuses on their differing expectations of what assessment policy can accomplish and how they view the feasibility of assessment-based reforms. Some policymakers agree with testing experts that assessments should provide information about the overall status of the education system and aid in instructional decisions about individual students, but others want to use assessments for accountability or for certifying that individual students have attained specified levels of mastery. Testing experts, who have cautioned against assessment misuse in the past, are in danger of being ignored as they continue their dire warnings against using assessments in policy formation. (Contains 34 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Attitudes, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Expectation, Policy Formation, Student Evaluation, Test Use
RAND, Distribution Services, 1700 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.; Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA. Inst. on Education and Training.