ERIC Number: ED430018
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Contracting for Statewide Student Achievement Tests: A Review. Department of Public Instruction 98-4.
Wisconsin State Legislative Audit Bureau, Madison.
The Wisconsin legislature has required the Department of Public Instruction to adopt or approve standardized tests for statewide use to measure student attainment of knowledge and concepts in grades 4, 8, and 10. Although school districts generally gave high ratings to the contents of TerraNova (McGraw Hill), the testing instrument most recently used, there was dissatisfaction with the administration of the testing program in 1996-97. A review of testing program administration, scoring, and reporting was conducted, and the test procurement process was also evaluated. Three problems were identified as leading to significant inconvenience and frustration: (1) a delay in receiving testing materials for the Milwaukee public schools with an associated delay in testing and scoring, delaying statewide results; (2) missing questions from the fourth-grade examination that required software modifications; and (3) pages that separated from test booklets, which caused scoring problems. Evaluation indicated that the testing process improved in the 1997-98 school year. Some issues in the test bidding process are considered, including problems of testing program continuity if the test vendor changes due to cost or other administrative requirements. Some changes are recommended to improve the testing program, but it is noted that frequent structural changes can diminish the program's ability to identify long-term trends. A response from the Department of Public Instruction to the State Legislative Audit Bureau is included. (Contains three tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Legislative Audit Bureau, Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: TerraNova Multiple Assessments