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ERIC Number: ED420724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Commentary on National Test.
Carriedo, Ruben
The administrator in charge of assessment for the San Diego (California) schools discusses the district's decision about whether or not to endorse a national test. The San Diego schools serve 135,000 urban students in 165 schools, 31% of whom are Latino, 22% Asian Indochinese, 18% African American, and 29% White. Before San Diego would want to participate in a national test, the district's administrators would have to be convinced that the test would meet several criteria. First, they would need a clear understanding of the purpose of the national test, and it could not be simply another test to add to the existing program. The national test would have to be part of a cogent assessment plan that uses multiple assessments to measure student achievement. It would need to be standards-based, relying on a national consensus on what students should know and be able to do, and it would need to be linked to essential parts of the educational system. To be accepted, a national test would need to be "doable," so that the practical problems of testing are addressed. A final criterion is that the national test must recognize state and local content. San Diego is open to the national test proposal, but needs more information about its purpose. The stakeholders of the San Diego community hold district administrators to these criteria, and a national test must adhere to them also. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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