ERIC Number: EJ960532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
A National Survey of Middle and High School Science Teachers' Responses to Standardized Testing: Is Science Being Devalued in Schools?
Aydeniz, Mehmet; Southerland, Sherry A.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v23 n3 p233-257 Apr 2012
This study explored American high school and middle school science teachers' attitudes toward the use of standardized testing for accountability purposes, their justification for the attitudes they hold and the impact of standardized testing on their instructional and assessment practices. A total of 161 science teachers participated in the study. Analyses were based on teachers' responses to a questionnaire including nine-item likert-scale questions and two-item open-ended questions. The analyses revealed that science teachers have mixed reactions to the administration of standardized tests and its use for accountability purposes. The findings also reveal that standardized testing has a significant influence on science teachers' instructional and assessment practices in ways that are counter to the learning goals promoted by science education reformists. Our discussion focuses on the implicit and explicit influences of the NCLB Act on science curriculum, teaching and assessment, and how the NCLB driven policies undermine the goals of science education reform.
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Testing, Standardized Tests, Program Effectiveness, Educational Change, Science Teachers, Accountability, Science Education, Science Curriculum, Middle Schools, High Schools, Federal Legislation, Teacher Attitudes, Questionnaires, Likert Scales, Feedback (Response), Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
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Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001