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Cizek, Gregory J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2003
Responds to critiques of an earlier article on the unintended consequences of high-stakes testing. Reiterates the need to look for positive as well as negative consequences of high stakes testing and calls for balance between the role of large-scale assessment in identifying achievement deficits and the responsibility educational systems have to…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests
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Rich, William – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2003
Discusses current high-stakes standardized testing policy in response to G. Cizek through analogy with the policies of Chairman Mao in China and the decision to build the Maginot Line in France after World War I. Lessons from these events show that high-stakes policies skew outcomes and present high risk. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests
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Camilli, Gregory – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2003
Although G. Cizek's article balances positive consequences for high-stakes testing against anti-testing criticisms, there is no evidence that high-stakes testing per se has substantial positive consequences. There is, however, optimism that aligned educational systems with testing as a component may lead to higher levels of student achievement.…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests
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Stiggins, Richard J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2001
Reviews the status of classroom assessment, focusing on the review of four key research summaries that describe the dismal state of classroom assessment in the past century. Cites four important developments as reasons for optimism about the future of classroom assessment and details a five-part action plan for achieving the untapped potential of…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational Assessment, Educational Planning, Educational Research
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Cole, Nancy S. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1984
Several issues facing the measurement community were brought on by the recent emphasis on stricter educational accountability measures. These testing issues include the limits of test scores, effects of testing on instruction, proper test use, importance of the test content, and defining the basics in education. (EGS)
Descriptors: Accountability, Back to Basics, Basic Skills, Educational Improvement
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Fremer, John – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1984
The constructive use of microcomputers in the development of tests requires thoughtful attention to the questions addressed in this paper: What is the purpose for testing? How can a microcomputer help? Which microcomputer system is best? What pitfalls should be avoided? (BW)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Software, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education
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Hills, John R. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1983
The first of a series of quizzes on types of derived scores concerns interpreting grade-equivalent (GE) scores. The true-false items require a response about whether the stated interpretation of the GE score is sound. An answer key explains specific scoring methods. (CM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Grade Equivalent Scores, Measurement Techniques, Test Interpretation
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Guthrie, John T.; Lissitz, Robert W. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1985
This reaction paper stresses the importance of matching the qualitatively different types of educational decisions with appropriate types of tests. Reading instruction is used to illustrate that while standardized tests are helpful for student classification and program accountability, they are hazardous to instructional process decisions which…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Testing
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Philips, S. E. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1996
Precedents from litigation on state graduation assessments provide insight into the potential legal arguments challengers may raise with regard to mandated content and performance standards for all students. Clearly documented, fairly administered procedures that adhere to professional recommendations will be the hallmark of defensible standards.…
Descriptors: Accountability, Court Litigation, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy
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Kingsbury, G. Gage; Houser, Ronald L. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1993
The utility of item response theory (IRT) models in computerized adaptive tests is considered. Measurement questions that have been answered using IRT, and those that might be overlooked because of IRT, are reviewed. Areas in which fuller use of IRT could improve adaptive testing practices are identified. (SLD)
Descriptors: Adaptive Testing, Computer Assisted Testing, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education
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Cizek, Gregory J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1988
Sources of current misuse of standardized tests in assessing the quality of home-based educational programs are identified. Development of new instruments and cooperation of concerned groups are suggested as a means of increasing educational alternatives, excellence, and accountability. (Author/TJH)
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Home Schooling
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Vold, David J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1985
Testing of teacher competence is traced from colonial times to the present. Various forms of teacher testing were commonplace up through the nineteenth century. A major educational reform movement in the early twentieth century succeeded in eliminating teacher tests in favor of proper and uniform preparation through teacher education. (BS)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Shanker, Albert – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1985
The author calls for a tough national teacher examination to make teaching a genuine profession, to convince the public to pay teachers what they're worth, to empower teachers to make educational decision, to attract the best and brightest, and to ensure high quality education. Problems and prospects are discussed. (BS)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, National Competency Tests, Professional Recognition
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Nolen, Susan Bobbitt; And Others – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1992
Arizona teachers and administrators (n=2,444) were surveyed to determine (1) use of standardized test scores; (2) teachers' perceptions of others' use of scores; (3) how schools prepare students to take tests; (4) conditions under which tests are given; and (5) views of current testing program effects. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Administrator Attitudes, Administrators, Elementary School Teachers
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Popham, W. James – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1992
Test specifications need to take a middle road so that they are not so general that instructional targeting is impossible and not so specific that only unitary assessment targets are fostered. Using illustrative sample items provides a good means of communicating the items eligible to be tested. (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education
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