ERIC Number: ED379337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
The Test of Testing: Making Appropriate and Ethical Choices in Assessment.
The realities of inappropriate and sometimes unethical testing practices must be confronted to make sure that current assessments are as reliable and effective as possible. While this paper does not attempt to provide practical guidelines for ethical and appropriate testing, it does draw a picture of appropriate and ethical testing practices. All persons involved in testing programs should try to maintain their focus on the fundamental reasons for testing which is the education of the students being assessed. It is vital that the selected test be appropriate for specific purposes and intended populations, and that all intended and possible unintended uses be considered. Because preparing students to take the test is the source of many problems with assessment, a continuum of appropriate test preparation practices is suggested. Issues that must be considered in administering the test are reviewed, from disclosure through improper use and interpretation and test bias. (Contains 27 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Ethics, Selection, Student Evaluation, Test Bias, Test Coaching, Test Construction, Test Interpretation, Test Use, Test Wiseness, Testing
Publications Department, North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, 1900 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL 60521 ($4.95, order number RPIC-TT-94).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.