The Rise and Fall of National Test Scores - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120685806, 9781483216287

The Rise and Fall of National Test Scores

1st Edition

Editors: Gilbert R. Austin Herbert Garber
eBook ISBN: 9781483216287
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th December 1981
Page Count: 288
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The Rise and Fall of National Test Scores examines, in some depth, the nature of test score changes over an extended period of time and in a broad range of subject matters and levels of schooling. The book contains chapters contributed by experts on various aspects of educational tests and score interpretation and uses. The text discusses the interpretations of trends in college admissions test scores and questions about the post-admission performance of ethnic minority students. The book examines general school achievement trends of high school students and the trends observed in broad-based testing programs of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
The complexities involved in obtaining dependable data with which to make informed judgments about reading achievement trends are examined. The text further tackles the positive and negative trends in academic achievement in Science with particular emphasis on the effects of curriculum revision; as well as the problems of mathematics testing. The book then describes test score trends and problems in Great Britain and Ireland, with attention given to the similarities and differences of those countries and the United States. Educators, researchers, political leaders, and informed, interested laymen will find the book invaluable.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors Foreword Preface 1 Learning, Schooling, Scores: A Continuing Controversy 2 College Entrance Examination Trends The Content of the Tests Who Takes the Tests Some Possible Pervasive Forces The Panel's Summary and Recommendations References 3 Analyzing Changes in School Levels of Achievement for Men and Women Using Project TALENT Ten- and Fifteen-Year Retests 4 Functional Literacy and Writing: Some Cautions about Interpretation Introduction Functional Literacy Measurement of Writing Skills Conclusion Appendix A—National Assessment: A Source of Descriptive Educational Data Appendix B—Classification and Description of the Items Used the Mini-Assessment of Functional Literacy References 5 Reading Trend Data in the United States: A Mandate for Caveats and Caution Introduction Then and Now Reading Achievement Caveats Accompanying Test Data Literacy Data Trends Other Trend Indicators Conclusions References 6 Trends in School Mathematics Performance What's Up? Down? The Same? What Is Causing Achievement Declines? Are the Tests Valid and Reliable Indicators? Conclusions References 7 National Science Test Scores: Positive and Negative Trends in Academic Achievement in Science with Particular Emphasis on the Effects of Recent Curriculum Revision Introduction Review of the Literature Conclusions and Recommendations References 8 Trends in Educational Standards in Great Britain and Ireland Assessments of Standards without the Use of Tests Attainments on Standardized Tests Trends in Standards in Public Examinations Problems in Monitoring National Standards Conclusion References 9 Race, Social Class, Expection, and Achievement 10 The Final Hurdle: Minimum Competency Achievement Testing What Is Minimum Competency Achievement Testing? and Why?


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