ERIC Number: ED378240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Dimensions of the Problem of Testing and Assessment of At-Risk Students.
Winfield, Linda F.
Implications of the educational reform movement's emphasis on testing and assessment are considered as they touch on at-risk students. The four dimensions that must be considered in addressing the assessment of at-risk student populations are (1) antecedent instructional conditions; (2) type of test or assessment; (3) social and educational demands; and (4) educational policy decisions based on test results. These dimensions are interrelated, as examples from real-life test use illustrate. They must be considered in the context of two critical educational and social demands with significant impact on assessment and education. First is the demand for instructional sensitivity in assessment, and second is the demand for higher levels of literacy in today's society. These demands compete with demands for policy-oriented tests, which may have an adverse impact on educational opportunities available for high-risk students. Every effort must be made to guarantee instructional sensitivity and equity in testing to assure at-risk students the best possible educational outcomes. (Contains 33 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.