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ERIC Number: ED406436
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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To Test or Not To Test: That Is the Question.
Pike, Nancy
Many public and private kindergartens in New York use standardized tests for admission into their programs. How parents and teachers feel about these tests was studied. Parents were asked whether their child had taken any standardized kindergarten admission test, whether they discussed the results with a professional, whether the results really reflected the child, whether the testing process was stressful for the child, and whether the child was accepted into the school. Eighteen of 20 parents responded to a questionnaire, and 16 of them were interviewed. All said their children were accepted into the program, although two chose other alternatives. All the children had taken Stanford-Binet or Educational Research Bureau tests. All but two families had received an oral or written report from a testing professional. Most parents thought that the test had been more stressful for them than for the child. Whether the parent thought the test was really predictive of academic success seemed to depend on the child's performance on the test. Ten teachers who were asked about the tests were aware of the many variables that could affect scores and were wary about the practice of testing children at such a young age. Reliance on early childhood test results may mean that schools are forgetting what early childhood education really is. (Contains 13 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York