ERIC Number: EJ707085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct-1
School Counselors' Perceptions of the Impact of High-Stakes Testing
Brown, Duane; Galassi, John P.; Akos, Patrick
Professional School Counseling, v8 n1 p31 Oct 2004
Two studies of school counselors' perceptions of the impact of the North Carolina ABC (high-stakes) testing program are reported in this article. (For ease of interpretation, percentages were rounded to the nearest whole number in both studies.) One hundred forty-one counselors who attended their state association's professional conference participated in study one, and a random sample of 139 school counselors, members of the state school counseling association, participated by mail in study two. Eighty percent or more of the counselors reported that they or another counselor served as the school's testing coordinator and that this function consumed a considerable percentage of their time. Although counselors noted some positive effects of the high-stakes testing program, they overwhelmingly reported that it negatively impacted their ability to provide services and their relationships with students, teachers, and administrators.
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Testing Programs, State Standards, School Counseling, High Stakes Tests, School Counselors, Counselor Attitudes
American School Counselors Association, 1101 King St., Suite 625, Alexandria, VA 22314. Web site: http://www.schoolcounselor.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina