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Testing, tracking, and retaining young children : an analysis of research and social policy

Author: Samuel J Meisels; Dorothy Steele; Kathleen Quinn; Educational Resources Information Center (U.S.)
Publisher: [Washington, DC] : U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Educational Resources Information Center, [1989]
Edition/Format:   Book   Microform : National government publication : Microfiche : English
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Many professionals are convinced that more testing, tracking, and retention are taking place in the early school years than ever before. They also believe that developmentally inappropriate modifications to curricula are being implemented. As a result of inappropriate use of standardized tests, disproportionate numbers of poor and minority children have been retained or placed in extra-year programs. This paper  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel J Meisels; Dorothy Steele; Kathleen Quinn; Educational Resources Information Center (U.S.)
OCLC Number: 28686259
Notes: Distributed to depository libraries in microfiche.
Shipping list no.: 92-1724-M.
Reproduction Notes: Microfiche. [Washington, D.C.] : Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., [1992]. 1 microfiche.
Description: 1 volume
Responsibility: Samuel J. Meisels, Dorothy Steele, Kathleen Quinn.

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Many professionals are convinced that more testing, tracking, and retention are taking place in the early school years than ever before. They also believe that developmentally inappropriate modifications to curricula are being implemented. As a result of inappropriate use of standardized tests, disproportionate numbers of poor and minority children have been retained or placed in extra-year programs. This paper explores these issues and makes recommendations concerning uses of assessment data and alternatives to conventional testing practices. The report also discusses the large number of unready, at-risk children entering kindergarten. Sections of the text focus on: (1) issues and background on testing, tracking, and retention; (2) high stakes testing, I.E., the use of tests to make important decisions that immediately and directly affect those tested; (3) a rational perspective on tests and testing; (4) ways in which schools, teachers, and tests are failing minority children; (5) a rationale for testing young children, guidelines for deciding to use particular kinds of tests, characteristics of norm-referenced and criterion-referenced instruments, and criteria for selecting developmental screening instruments and school readiness tests; and (6) needed research about alternatives to standardized testing. Ninety-seven references are included. (Rh).

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