ERIC Number: ED491834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Why Test Students? Assessment Brief. Number 7
Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) at WestEd
There have always been tests, but there have never before been so many! It is natural for parents and concerned citizens to wonder what is motivating this increase and to examine the many reasons why. Ever since there have been schools, teachers have used tests of various kinds to find out how well students are learning and if their instruction has been successful or not. But the reasons for testing do not stop there. Policymakers have passed federal and state legislation using tests to measure school performance and spur improved achievement. Tests are used to rank schools, place students at various levels, and decide who will graduate from high school. In schools where test scores fail to improve substantially, parents may transfer their child to a higher performing school. In some cases, federal law allows students to use their share of Title I funding for tutoring services. Such uses of test scores go far beyond finding out how well a child can read, write, or solve word problems. The shorthand answer to "Why test students?" is because tests serve an expanding number of significant educational purposes, bolstered by some financial and political considerations. (Contains a list of 7 resources.) [This article was produced by the Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) at WestEd.]
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Achievement Tests, Testing, Student Evaluation, Academic Achievement, Federal Legislation, State Legislation, Educational Improvement, Educational Finance, Politics of Education
Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL). c/o WestEd, 300 Lakeside Drive, 25th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612-3534. Tel: 510-302-4214; Web site: http://www.edgateway.net/cs/caesl/print/docs/179.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Parents
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
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