ERIC Number: ED431041
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Mandated Statewide Testing on Teachers' Classroom Assessment and Instructional Practices.
McMillan, James H.; Myran, Steve; Workman, Daryl
The impact of the new Virginia statewide Standards of Learning (SOL) testing program on classroom instructional and assessment practices was studied through surveys before and after implementation of the testing program. The sample represented responses from 570 secondary school teachers (of mathematics, social studies, English, and science) and 152 elementary school teachers from grades 3 through 5. Teachers were asked about changes in their instructional and assessment practices. Comments were made by 80 teachers on a second survey the following year, which also asked about the impact of the SOL tests on instruction or assessment. Although the generalizability of the data may be limited by the relatively small number of schools represented, both qualitative and quantitative data support the conclusion that teachers in this study changed their assessment and instructional practices in 1997, before any administration of the SOL tests. More than 80% of teachers responded that the SOL tests had an impact on their instruction or assessment, with most changes in instruction. (Contains 3 tables and 11 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium, Richmond, VA.
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