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National Assessment: Pro and Con


by Galen Saylor — 1970

Although National Assessment is now well under way, seemingly all opposition has melted, and the bandwagon effect of getting "on board" is evident, it may, nonetheless, still be appropriate for the uncommitted to consider the contributions this project may make to educational evaluation and its shortcomings.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 71 Number 4, 1970, p. 588-597
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1779, Date Accessed: 3/24/2017 6:01:20 PM

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  • Galen Saylor
    University of Nebraska
    Professor Saylor, of the Department of Secondary Education in Nebraska, discusses the National Assessment from a different point of view from that taken in the previous article. Particularly disturbed by the inadequacy of the evaluation proposed and of the aims being defined, this author expresses a fear of nationalization—of -which he -wants no part. He advocates that money be made available to the states for the purpose of assisting localities in undertaking expert evaluations conducted by specialists in the field. Dr. Saylor's essay was originally based upon an address delivered to the Dallas School Administrators' Club in March 1961; but it has been elaborated and brought up to date since that time.
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