ERIC Number: ED456138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
The Gap between Testing and Technology in Schools. NBETPP Statements, Volume 1, Number 2.
Russell, Michael; Haney, Walter
Technology and testing have become two popular prescriptions for improving education. The technology nostrum suggests that the infusion of modern technology into schools will bolster teaching and learning and will prepare students for an increasingly technological workplace. The testing prescription holds that using standardized test scores to rate schools and to decide whether students should be promoted or graduate will provide incentives for improvement. What is not often recognized is that these two prescriptions may work against each other. Research findings suggest a great gap between computer use in schools and testing strategies used for school improvement, a gap that will increase as more students become more accustomed to writing on computers. There are at least three possible ways to reduce this gap: (1) decrease students' computer time so that they do not become accustomed to writing on computers, retaining the paper-and-pencil skills needed for current kinds of tests; (2) have students complete their tests on a computer; and (3) perhaps the most reasonable solution is to recognize the limitations of current testing programs, and acknowledge that the scores of high-stakes tests do not measure the capabilities of some students adequately. (Contains 12 endnotes.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Standardized Tests, Technological Advancement, Test Use
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Board on Educational Testing and Public Policy, Chestnut Hill, MA.