ERIC Number: ED468622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Statewide Standardized Testing in Higher Education. Briefing Papers.
Most stakeholders in higher education are deeply interested in improving student learning outcomes, but there is disagreement about whether standardized testing programs will contribute to this goal. Plans for standardized testing of college students in public institutions appear to be on the rise. Eight to 10 states currently engage in standardized forced-choice testing for students in public institutions of higher education. These programs are outlined. In a draft paper on statewide testing in higher education, Peter Ewell has expressed a belief that more of these tests may be developed as a spin-off of assessment trends in K-12 education. Higher education may soon be subjected to the same "teach to the test" syndrome that public school teachers in high stakes testing environments now experience. If a widely shared understanding of the aims and purposes of higher education can be developed, higher education may be able to avoid this dilemma. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Students, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Standardized Tests, Test Use
For full text: http://www.aacu.org/gex/briefingpapers/standardized.cfm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.