ERIC Number: ED452218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment and Change: The Role of Student Testing in California Education. Higher Education Update.
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
This document provides an overview of the history and current uses of student testing in California and a brief summary of some of the issues on the debate over assessment. In recent years, student testing has increasingly become a high-stakes enterprise in California. Today, policymakers are looking anew at various forms of testing to measure how well students, teachers, and schools are meeting higher and tougher expectations. At present, teachers and schools in California receive incentives funding when test scores go up, but are labeled low performing for below average test scores. Tests used in California public schools, whether norm-referenced or criterion-referenced, attempt to answer a variety of questions about the performance of students and teachers. There are now more than 10 different examinations used in California for K-12 testing to determine achievement, proficiency, and college eligibility placement. Brief descriptions are given of these testing programs: (1) the Stanford 9/Standardized Testing and Assessment Reporting (STAR) program; (2) the Golden State Examination Program of voluntary end-of-course examinations in college preparatory subjects; (3) the Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Program; (4) Assessments in Career Education; (5) physical fitness testing; (6) the National Assessment of Educational Progress; (7) the High School Exit Examination; and (8) the higher education assessments that include the Scholastic Aptitude Tests and the ACT Assessment as well as several advanced placement and college placement examinations. The California Post-secondary Education Commission will continue to monitor the activities underway in California related to testing and to explore the policy implications associated with the topic. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Entrance Examinations, Educational History, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Descriptions, Standardized Tests, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Test Use, Testing Programs
California Postsecondary Education Commission, 1303 J Street, Suite 500, Sacramento, CA 95814-2938. Tel: 916-445-7933; Fax: 916-327-4417.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California