ERIC Number: ED402330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Test Basher Benefit-Cost Analysis.
Phelps, Richard P.
Network News & Views, v15 n3 p1-16 Mar 1996
Starting in the late 1980s, two teams of researchers, well known for their criticism of standardized tests on equity and validity grounds, began attacking standardized testing on efficiency grounds as well, using cost-benefit analysis to do it. Their analyses are reviewed, and their conclusions discussed. The first team, Lorrie A. Shepard, Amelia E. Kreitzer, and M. Elizabeth Graue, wrote "A Case Study of the Texas Teacher Test," published as a report of the Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing and as an article in "Education Researcher." The second team, Walter M. Haney, George F. Madau, and Robert Lyons, wrote the book "The Fractured Marketplace for Standardized Testing," a survey of the industry and a cost-benefit analysis. Correcting for some of the more obvious mistakes of the authors of the analysis of the Texas program pushes the program's net benefits into the black by a wide margin. The analysis of Haney et al. also fails to convince that the costs outweigh the benefits. Concerned and well-trained educators in state agencies and local school districts make the decisions to purchase or develop standardized tests for reasons that are neither unfair nor sinister. They believe that the benefits outweigh the costs, and this belief is shared by much of the public. (Contains 7 tables and 16 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Finance Association (1994).