ERIC Number: EJ783368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 21
On Standardized Testing: An ACEI Position Paper
Solley, Bobbie A.
Childhood Education, v84 n1 p31 Fall 2007
Following the whirlwind standards movement of the 1980s, the beginning of the 1990s ushered in an overwhelming interest in and use of testing to document students' progress. In 1991, the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) issued its second position paper calling for a moratorium on standardized testing in the early years of schooling. Citing the rising use of tests to label children, place children in special programs, and retain underachieving children in a grade level, ACEI denounced the use of these tests in the early grades and questioned their use in later grades as well. This article presents another position paper from the Association for Childhood Education International that denounced the continued use of standardized testing in the primary grades. ACEI also cautioned against the use of standardized tests as a sole means of assessment in every year throughout the upper grades. A detailed explanation on the effects of standardized test on student motivation, learning, and curriculum is presented. A list of alternative assessments in lieu of standardized tests are also discussed.
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Special Programs, Grades (Scholastic), Alternative Assessment, Testing, Standardized Tests, Position Papers, International Organizations, Elementary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
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