ERIC Number: ED447171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Ethical Standards in Testing: Test Preparation and Administration. White Paper. WERA Professional Publications, Volume 1.
Power, M. A., Ed.
This position paper discusses ethical standards in test preparation and administration. Guidelines for creating a situation that will assist students in doing their best on tests are included. These standards were developed in a series of seminars sponsored by the Washington Educational Research Association in 1998-1999. The standards stress that it is appropriate to communicate to students, parents, and the public what the test does and does not do, when and how it will be administered, and how the results may be used appropriately. It is also stressed that it is appropriate to teach to the state's curriculum standards. Other ethical practice are outlined. Before the test it is considered inappropriate to use any published test preparation material that names a specific test and promises to raise scores on that test by targeting knowledge or skills from specific test items. Other unethical practices, including some related to test security, are described. Unethical and inappropriate practices during testing are outlined. Guidelines for test preparation and administration include suggestions about the teacher's role and the principal's role. (Contains 18 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Educational Research Association, Vancouver.