ERIC Number: ED426117
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Talking about Tests: An Idea Book for State Leaders. Lessons from the States.
Clear communication with parents about educational reform issues and the implementation of standards is essential. This publication presents ideas for state leaders on how better to inform parents about statewide assessments and how to report the results of these assessments to parents so that the results are more meaningful. The first section provides the perspectives of a parent and a policymaker when confronted with a new statewide test for the first time. The second section makes five strategic and four content recommendations and gives examples of how to make parents more aware of new tests, their purposes, and the changes they may bring. Section 3 gives some ideas on how to report testing results to parents. In the fourth section, five organizations that are committed to better communication with parents are described. Their structures, the coalitions they have built, and the products they produce to communicate with parents are described. Section 5 contains suggestions from the states with the best success in communicating with parents. This "Idea Book" also contains a series of "Close-ups" that provide stories from states on a variety of issues related to statewide testing, including reporting scores, evaluating communication tools, helping teachers with communication, and negotiating with the test provider. The appendixes contain some annotated score reports, a set of resources to assist states in communicating with parents, and acknowledgments. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Communication (Thought Transfer), Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Parents, Standardized Tests, State Programs, Test Results, Testing Programs
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Education Goals Panel (ED), Washington, DC.