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Anderson, Beverly L. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1985
The steady growth of state testing programs and its implications for the measurement community are discussed in terms of testing purposes (monitoring, accountability, and curriculum advancement) and test development, administration, and reporting. It is important that the measurement community address crucial issues to maintain its substantial…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education
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Capie, William – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1985
State legislative action to control and reward teaching quality has resulted in the coming of age of systematic teacher performance evaluation for certification, merit pay, or career ladder advancement decisions. This article overviews issues of credibility and practicality--including test design, validity, and reliability--which arise when…
Descriptors: Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education, Interaction Process Analysis, Job Performance
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Messick, Samuel – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1985
The National Assessment of Educational Progress incorporates key elements of a responsible standard-setting process: (1) choice of educational objective; (2) description of current group performance ranges and trends; and (3) the identification of educational contexts differentially related to performance. NAEP results can direct public values…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Educational Principles, Educational Quality
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Shanker, Albert; Ward, James Gordon – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1982
The developing shortages in teachers and doubts about the quality of candidates for collegiate teacher preparation are discussed, advocating a written examination series in basic skills, subject knowledge and general education; and an extended internship period to establish competence. (CM)
Descriptors: Competence, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Certification
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Hodgkins, Rita; McKenna, Bernard – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1982
The appropriateness of exit examinations for basic skills, general education and the teaching specialty in professional schools or departments in universities is examined. Holding departments and professors accountable for college and university standards is proposed. A variety of assessments of professional studies are suggested. (CM)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Schools of Education
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Vlaanderen, Russell B. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1982
The issues and implications of state policies in teacher candidate testing meant to improve instruction, competence and the education system are reviewed. Arguments for teacher testing as quality controls and to increase public confidence in schools; guidelines to consider before implementing programs; and testing alternatives are discussed. (CM)
Descriptors: Competence, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, State Licensing Boards
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Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1982
The rationale for the role of state educational agencies in certifying teachers, the National Teacher Examinations (NTE) program and the new NTE Core Battery are discussed. State certification in Arkansas, Florida and Oklahoma, Louisiana's consideration, and the District Court of South Carolina decision concerning NTE use for certification are…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, State Action, State Licensing Boards
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Bollenbacher, Joan – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1982
The assistance of professionals in measurement is called for to help schools deal with controversial issues in standardized testing by increasing public understanding of test uses and limitations. Schools' representation on the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) and the dissemination of NCME-published information to schools is…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Political Issues, Public Opinion
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Lennon, Roger T. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1982
Continuing attention to test theory, test development, test interpretation and use, test monitoring and control, test consumer education, and the social and political consequences of testing is suggested as the primary concern of the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME). (CM)
Descriptors: Consumer Education, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Measurement Objectives
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Wigdor, Alexandra K. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1982
This synopsis of the Committee on Ability Testing report (see ED 213 770 and ED 213 771) discusses recent controversy over testing limitations, test fairness, admissions testing, test disclosure, and test use in public schools to improve substandard performance. (CM)
Descriptors: Ability, Advisory Committees, Aptitude Tests, College Entrance Examinations
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Messick, Samuel – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1982
The Committee on Ability Testing's report (see ED 213 770 and ED 213 771) is shown to give primacy to employment productivity and efficiency values, creating an institutional bias in their analysis of testing. The importance of a balance of alternative multiple perspectives to broaden testing criteria, standards, fairness, and social values served…
Descriptors: Ability, Advisory Committees, Bias, Educational Testing
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Haney, Walter M. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1982
The findings in Volume I of the Committee on Ability Testing's report (see ED 213 770 and ED 213 771) are shown to be ambiguous regarding the meaning of ability, vague regarding test validity, and ingenuous regarding test uses and misuse. The neglect of the basic question of what tests measure is noted. (CM)
Descriptors: Ability, Advisory Committees, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education
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Citron, Christiane Hyde – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1982
Five legal principles (and cases establishing them) on the use of competency testing in student placement or for graduation are discussed. The principles address the constitutionality of appropriate use, adequate notice to students, prohibition of effects of past racial discrimination, graduation test validity, and requirements for handicapped…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Constitutional Law, Court Litigation, Educational Legislation
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Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1982
Recommendations from the Wirtz/Lapointe report, "Measuring The Quality of Education" (ED 213 769), which evaluates National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), are presented. Six educators respond to the concern that NAEP's reports and material are not widely known or as useful to educators as they should be. (CM)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Utilization
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Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1982
The resources and services of information-gathering and disseminating agencies are described including the Test Collection, and the ERIC Clearinghouse on Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation, both at Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey; also the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (CM)
Descriptors: Databases, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Services
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