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Author Gellman, Estelle S.

Title School testing : what parents and educators need to know / Estelle S. Gellman
Published Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1995


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Description xii, 174 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents 1. What Can We Learn from Testing? -- 2. Assessing Test Validity: Does It Measure What We Think It Does? -- 3. Assessing Reliability: Are the Test Scores Accurate? -- 4. Achievement Tests: Measuring Current Knowledge and Ability -- 5. Aptitude Tests: Predicting Future Performance -- 6. Assessing Personality and Attitudes -- 7. Special Tests for Special Situations -- 8. What Does the Score Tell You? -- 9. Norms: Measures of Relative Performance -- 10. Using Test Scores in Educational Decision Making -- Appendix: Where to Find Information about Published Tests
Summary Despite their inherent, consistent emphasis in our educational system, test scores are not infallible measurements of a student's ability, skill, or knowledge. Therefore, they should not be viewed in isolation by educators and, more importantly, by parents. In this book, Estelle S. Gellman provides parents and educators with the information necessary to interpret the test scores one encounters in today's schools. While not a scathing condemnation of testing, the book strongly emphasizes that test performance must be interpreted with respect to the limitations of the test itself and how the score corresponds with other information known about the individual test-taker
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [169]-170) and index
Subject Educational tests and measurements.
Examinations -- Interpretation.
Examinations -- Validity.
LC no. 94028003
ISBN 0275948005 (alk. paper)