ERIC Number: ED463300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
State Standardized Testing Programs: Friend or Foe of Gifted Education?
Moon, Tonya R.; Brighton, Catherine M.; Callahan, Carolyn M.
Since the minimum competency movement of the 1970s, the importance placed on standardized tests has increased significantly. The intent of this study was to investigate the effects of state testing programs on the instructional practices of elementary school teachers and the effects of such practices on their gifted students' attitudes toward school and motivation. In the first phase of the study, a survey completed by 8,044 teachers provided information about their attitudes and practices. In the second phase of the study, qualitative techniques and the use of focus groups of gifted students and teachers provided information about student attitudes and teacher practices. Results suggest that teachers' perceptions of standards, tests, and students shape their classroom actions. These actions indicate that teachers influenced by testing programs are not likely to engage in effective classroom practices, but instead engage in one-size-fits-all practices. Implications of the perceptions on professional development and talent development are discussed. (Contains 4 figures, 8 tables, and 18 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A