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Dietel, Ron – Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) at WestEd, 2004
To gain some insight into test preparation, some testing experts were asked to share their thoughts from their own parenting experiences. A crucial performance factor for a substantial number of students is test anxiety. According to University of Southern California Professor Harold O'Neil, Jr., "The relationship between high anxiety and…
Descriptors: Test Anxiety, High Stakes Tests, Low Achievement, Parent Child Relationship
Dietel, Ron – Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) at WestEd, 2004
The accuracy and fairness of standardized testing is taken very seriously in the education world. These issues are a major focus of both the testing experts who develop standardized tests and the researchers who endeavor to ensure a test's fairness, reliability, validity, and accuracy. But many issues remain both controversial and complex. The…
Descriptors: Testing, Standardized Tests, Test Items, Test Bias
Dietel, Ron – Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) at WestEd, 2004
How early is too early? As testing has grown more widespread in recent decades, important issues have arisen concerning how to ensure that early childhood testing is used appropriately and with positive educational benefits. Actually, this kind of testing has been happening for a long time. Testing young children became a frequent practice when…
Descriptors: Educational Benefits, Young Children, Testing, Admission Criteria
Dietel, Ron – Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) at WestEd, 2004
A variety of testing methods can be extremely useful in finding out whether children who are experiencing learning difficulties may have one or more learning disabilities. This is an important and valuable role for testing. Another important issue concerns how best to ensure fairness for a learning disabled student when he or she must take a…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Learning Disabilities, Testing, Standardized Tests
Dietel, Ron – Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) at WestEd, 2004
There have always been tests, but there have never before been so many! It is natural for parents and concerned citizens to wonder what is motivating this increase and to examine the many reasons why. Ever since there have been schools, teachers have used tests of various kinds to find out how well students are learning and if their instruction…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Achievement Tests, Testing, Student Evaluation
Dietel, Ron – Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) at WestEd, 2004
The goal of "closing the achievement gap" in education is often proclaimed and is emphasized in the "No Child Left Behind Act." What is meant by the achievement gap and how much progress has been made? A large body of literature examines the causes, conditions, and explanations for the achievement gap. Many educational…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Parent Participation
Dietel, Ron – Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) at WestEd, 2004
Testing in the nation's schools is on the rise. From the classroom quiz to the large-scale standardized test, the pressure for education to be "accountable" has intensified. As children experience this new tide of testing, it is helpful to become more aware of the different types of tests and their purposes. Students in the United States…
Descriptors: State Standards, Testing, Standardized Tests, Norm Referenced Tests
Dietel, Ron – Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) at WestEd, 2004
The increase in large-scale standardized testing in the nation's schools is one major result of demands for accountability. Such testing also impacts many aspects of school and family life and culture. For some, certain unintended impacts may be like side effects of medicines that need to be tolerated; for others they raise larger questions about…
Descriptors: Testing, Standardized Tests, Scores, Accountability