ERIC Number: EJ886499
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 93
Test-Based Grade Retention: Does It Stand Up to Professional Standards for Fair and Appropriate Test Use?
Penfield, Randall D.
Educational Researcher, v39 n2 p110-119 2010
A growing body of research showing that grade retention serves as an educationally low-quality placement has raised increasing concerns about whether the use of standardized tests in making decisions concerning grade retention conforms to current standards for appropriate and nondiscriminatory test use. This article examines the extent to which test-based grade retention policies comply with standards for fair and appropriate test use based on norms established by the professional testing community. The results of the investigation indicate that test-based retention policies potentially violate several of the professional standards. The points of violation are presented, and the implications for test-based retention policies are discussed.
Descriptors: Test Use, Grade Repetition, Standardized Tests, Learning Readiness, Student Placement, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Utilization, Test Validity, Standards, Scores, Court Litigation
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