ERIC Number: ED381551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
Economic Analysis of Testing: Competency, Certification, and "Authentic" Assessments.
Catterall, James S.; Winters, Lynn
This report explores the application of cost analysis to testing and assessment in elementary and secondary schools. A case for economic analysis of testing is first outlined. The case rests on the importance on test information, the magnitude of resources devoted to testing, and the relevance of an economics of information model to testing decisions. Second, the common modes of economic analysis attached to this model are discussed: cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses. The presentation is carried out through examination of system-wide tests of pupil achievement and teacher competency. Finally, the contemporary press for more "authentic" or performance-based assessments is explored using the lenses of economic models. (Contains 16 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Graduate School of Education; National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.