ERIC Number: ED399342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-11
High Stakes Testing in an Urban School District: Survivors of the Class of 1995 from Grade Eight to Graduation.
Raivetz, Mark J.
State-mandated testing programs have been in place in New Jersey since the 1976-77 school year. In 1989, the current test was replaced with two new testing programs, the Eighth Grade Early Warning Test (EWT) and the Eleventh Grade High School Proficiency Test (HSPT11). This paper follows the Trenton (New Jersey) Central High School Class of 1995, the first to graduate under HSPT11 standards, to provide baseline information for further studies and to help evaluate the EWT as a warning of academic failure. In the spring of 1991 there were 732 regularly enrolled eighth graders were took the EWT. In the eleventh grade, 410 regularly enrolled students were tested. Of these, 266 had taken the EWT in 1991, and 182 of them passed the HSPT11. The school graduated 295 seniors in 1995, and of these 295, only 237 were among the 732 tested in eighth grade in 1991. Results show that 466 (63.7%) left the district before taking the HSPT11. Results do show a direct link between success on the EWT and the ability to pass the HSPT11, but they also indicate that it may not be appropriate to draw such comparisons, since most students who took the EWT did not make it to graduation in Trenton and probably not even in the state of New Jersey. (Contains five figures and seven tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: New Jersey High School Proficiency Test