ERIC Number: ED440141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Testing To Learn, Learning To Test: Improving Educational Testing in Developing Countries.
This book describes how examinations and national assessments can be used to encourage more pedgaogically sound teaching and learning. It provides concrete examples of ways to measure student learning and describes how to develop, score, and interpret tests to ensure that they are valid, reliable, and fair to all children. It offers techniques and guidelines to increase the involvement of parents, teachers, and students in the use of tests to motivate and improve the educational system, and not just to judge it. Following an introduction, "Using Testing as a Policy Tool," the chapters are: (1) "Principles of Good Teaching and Learning: Implications for Testing"; (2) "Examinations, Assessments, and Continuous Assessment: Differences and Uses"; (3) "Testing for Better Teaching and Learning"; (4) "Essay Tests"; (5) "Integrating Examinations, Assessments, and Continuous Assessment"; (6) "Preparing a Test Plan"; (7) "Item Specifications"; (8) "Reporting and Using Test Results"; and (9) "A Checklist for Achieving a Better Testing System and Avoiding Difficulties." Six appendixes describe classroom assessment and present samples of various types of assessment, including sample tests and guides and a sample communication guide for teachers of adult students. (Contains 28 figures, 2 tables, and 74 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Developing Nations, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning, National Competency Tests, Scoring, Teaching Methods, Test Interpretation, Test Use
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.; Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.
Note: This work is based on materials developed under the Advancing Basic Education and Literacy Project (ABEL1) for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Contract No. DPE-5832-Z-00-9032-00.