ERIC Number: ED426331
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment '98: A Hotbed of Issues and Challenges.
Herr, Edwin L.
The status of assessment in terms of federal policy, the social or economic climate related to education, the role of testing in counseling, assessment as an intervention in its own right, and assessment as it is affected by technology are important components of the context of issues and challenges related to assessment at the edge of the 21st century. This lecture raises questions about assessment and its uses in education, the workplace, and society. Because bias is intrinsic to the form of assessment used, the problem cannot be eliminated simply by changing the test questions. The sociopolitical context as well as the psychometric properties of tests, the use of tests for accountability, the relationship of standards to the means provided for meeting those standards, and the several validities that any measurement procedure has, must be considered. Questions are raised on issues surrounding infrastructure, changing social values, the political nature of the debate, technical capacity, national standards, training, response to media and policy makers, and purposes of testing by school counselors. Several issues such as those concerning testing and licensing between the several professional organizations involved and issues of "teaching the test," computer applications, ethics and the Internet, and training counselors, are discussed. (EMK)
Descriptors: Accountability, Change, Counseling, Counselor Role, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Practices, Employment Qualifications, Evaluation, Politics of Education, Public Policy, School Counseling, School Counselors, Test Bias, Test Interpretation, Test Use, Testing, Validity
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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