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ERIC Number: EJ848215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1934-6875
Parents' Perceptions of Standardized Testing: Its Relationship and Effect on Student Achievement
Osburn, Monica Z.; Stegman, Charles; Suitt, Laura D.; Ritter, Gary
Journal of Educational Research & Policy Studies, v4 n1 p75-95 Spr 2004
Questions regarding the value of standardized testing have been raised by community and school leaders, as well as parents and members of the media. Some have expressed concern that children today are placed under such pressure to perform well on standardized tests that the anxiety adversely affects performance outcomes. This study examined the attitudes and perceptions of parents with respect to the importance of tests, the responsibility shared by parents and teachers for student performance on these tests, the testing climate surrounding these tests, and the stress and anxiety that may accompany these tests. Furthermore, the study investigated the relationship between parental views and children's performance on the exams. The sample of students examined here attend school in a high-achieving district in Northwest Arkansas. Parents of fifth-graders, who had just completed the SAT-9 test week, were surveyed. Overall, parents responded that standardized testing is important to them and that it is not overly stressful for their children. They did, however, report a concern that the teachers are under pressure. With respect to student performance on the exams, the parents of students who did poorly on the exams did feel pressure to help their children do well. (Contains 5 tables, 3 figures and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)