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ERIC Number: EJ795723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 12
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0740-7874
Is Testing the Right Direction? Florida Administrators Share Their Thoughts
Jones, Brett D.; Egley, Robert J.
ERS Spectrum, v22 n3 p16-25 Sum 2004
The purpose of this study was to determine whether Florida elementary school administrators believe the state's testing program is taking public schools in the right direction. Questionnaire responses from principals and assistant principals show that the majority of administrators believe the testing program is not taking schools in the right direction. Most commonly, the administrators said they believe the tests are not an accurate measure of student learning and are not fairly used. The grading system, in particular, troubles many administrators. Other concerns focus on the tests' narrowing of the curriculum and potential stress for teachers and students. Only a few positive outcomes were attributed to the tests, including that they held students, educators, and parents accountable. These findings suggest that most administrators believe Florida's testing program should be revised. Some possible alterations are discussed, including eliminating school grades and monetary incentives. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida