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ERIC Number: ED413344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Pages: 79
Abstractor: N/A
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A Study of Standardized Tests and Alternatives for Elementary Schools.
Sinkule, Judith Louise
A review of the literature on the use of standardized tests suggested that standardized testing has not improved education and that alternative assessments are a more accurate measure of a student's knowledge. A study conducted in Randolph County (West Virginia) investigated whether elementary school teachers agreed with these conclusions. Results from 71 elementary school teacher surveys and interviews with a county office administrator and 2 principals indicated that all participants saw a need for standardized tests, even though most disliked using them. Teachers did use alternative assessments, but considered standardized testing to be of equal importance. In fact, teachers thought that the use of standardized test results, in conjunction with alternative assessment results, would most accurately measure students' educational progress. Overall, teachers in Randolph County thought that standardized tests should not be used alone in student evaluation. Nine appendixes provide supplemental information, including the examples of test questions for students, the teacher survey, and the interview protocols. (Contains 13 figures and 47 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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