ERIC Number: ED413353
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec-4
Reference Count: N/A
Making Appropriate & Ethical Choices in Large-Scale Assessments: A Model Policy Code.
This set of policy statements is intended to provide guidance to those who evaluate and select assessments, prepare students for those assessments, administer and score the tests, and interpret and use assessment results to make decisions about students and schools. The focus is on large-scale assessments that have consequences for students and schools. The fundamental principles of appropriate and ethical assessment practice are reviewed. They center around the fundamental reason for assessment, promoting the education of students through accurate measurement of their learning. Guidelines for evaluating and selecting assessments take into account the importance of choosing an assessment that is appropriate for its intended purposes and then ensuring that its use will be fair. The preparation of students for an assessment is the source of many testing problems. Guidelines for this area center on appropriate test preparation that does not give unfair advantages or compromise the validity of the test results. Recommendations for administering and scoring assessments refer to testing conditions and monitoring practices on test day, as well as fairness in scoring. Recommendations are also made for the interpretation and use of test results in an ethical manner. Appendix A defines terms used in the Code and discussion, and Appendix B is a bibliography. (Contains 25 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Codes of Ethics, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethics, Evaluation Methods, Models, Policy Formation, Scoring, Test Bias, Test Coaching, Test Construction, Test Interpretation, Test Use
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, 1900 Spring Road, Suite 300, Oak Brook, IL 60521 ($15.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.