Psychology Applied to Teaching
, Tenth Edition
| SPAN CLASS="textbookinteriorsubhead">Thought Questions
Chapter 14: Understanding and Using Standardized Tests
- Discuss and provide examples of how standardized achievement
and aptitude test results can be positively used for program development.
Also, discuss how tests that reflect differences among students can be negatively
employed. What can you do to ensure that you and the school you work for
both use test results appropriately?
- Discuss what considerations and steps you will need to
employ to be an "informed consumer" of standardized tests. What
criteria should you use to determine the quality of a standardized test?
Where can you find information about these criteria for any specific test?
- Some people have argued that standardized tests are biased
and have advocated abandoning standardized testing. Do you think standardized
tests should be eliminated? Why or why not? Do you think more care is needed
for how test results are used?
- In recent years, a common use of test results has been
in helping to determine the value of real estate. That is, homes often sell
for more in school districts where the test results are high. Do you think
this is appropriate? Why or why not? Do you think test scores reflect the
quality of a school and its teachers? Why or why not?
- You have just received the results from a recent series
of standardized tests. The results are reported as a number of different
types of scores. Which type do you think is the best way to convey the results
to your students and to their parents? Why? How will you handle situations
where the students scored very poorly?
- Technology has enabled students to take standardized tests
on the computer. What are the strengths of using technology in this way?
What are the weaknesses? As a student, would you prefer taking a paper and
pencil test or a computerized version of the test? Why?