(or academic testing) measures what the child has learned and mastered in terms of his academic knowledge and skills.
Aimed at beginning teachers, education students, and concerned parents, this text provides a clear and accessible explanation of the history of achievement testing
and its basic concepts.
Austin Paey University (Tenn.), for example, created the Project for Area Concentration Achievement Testing
(PACAT) in 1983 as a consortium of Tennessee psychology departments.
Although young children tend to hold standardized achievement testing
in fairly high regard and not that different than regular classroom tests, negative perceptions and distinctions between regular tests and standardized tests increase by grade level, and are most pronounced among high school students and low achievers (Paris and others 2000; Wong and Paris 2000).
Jerry spent many years on the Michigan Music Teachers Association (MMTA) Board of Directors, serving as chair of the string division of student achievement testing
. During his career as a violinist, string teacher, conductor, adjudicator and music administrator, he received many honors.
The Loerke, Jones, and Chow (1999) article entitled "Psychometric benefits of soft-linked scoring algorithms in achievement testing
" contains many methodological and psychometric errors.
When Snow applied his ideas to achievement testing
situations, he recognized that test performance resulted from a students background and intellectual history, as well as the cognitive and motivational resources the student cobbled together to respond to a series of situation-embedded test tasks (e.g., multiple-choice items or performance assessments).
His one proposal -- achievement testing
based on a national curriculum -- is so far off the mark that one must question his seriousness.