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Broad-Based Involvement in a Study of Alternative Testing Strategies for Louisiana [microform] / Lee McGraw Hoffman
Bib ID 5460884
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Hoffman, Lee McGraw
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1984 
10 p. 

In 1984 the Louisiana State Superintendent of Education directed the Bureau of Evaluation to conduct a study of alternative testing strategies for the State, keeping in mind the possibility that retaining the current testing program was an alternative to be considered. The Bureau designed a study calling for the involvement of four distinct groups: (1) the general public; (2) parents of children affected by the State testing program; (3) local education agency (LEA) teaching and central office staff; and (4) Staff Program administrators or policymakers. Participants were selected by local superintendents for skills as opinion-leaders, and by State Department of Education administrators at the state level. Group interviews and individual interviews provided data. Groups were almost unanimous in identifying major purposes for a state testing program: (1) parents wanted information about how their children were doing on skills beyond the minimums; (2) LEA staff felt this should not be a requirement for a promotion; and (3) both groups were happy in suggesting a strategy that would give normative data on higher level skills, but that would not count them as a promotion requirement. Pre-interview training proved to be successful. This study procedure was extremely labor-intensive, and suggestions from interviews had to be carefully weighed by technical staff. (LMO)


ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Evaluation Research Society (San Francisco, CA, October 11, 1984).

Educational level discussed: Elementary Secondary Education.


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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Administrator Attitudes.  |  Competency Based Education.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Graduation Requirements.  |  Inservice Education.  |  Interviews.  |  Minimum Competency Testing.  |  Parent Attitudes.  |  Program Evaluation.  |  Program Improvement.  |  State Standards.  |  Teacher Attitudes.  |  Testing Programs.  |  Louisiana  |  Louisiana Basic Skills Test
Form/genre Speeches/Meeting Papers.
Other authors/contributors Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge
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