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The Application of Standard Measurements to School Administration


by D. C. Bliss — 1916

A study of the educational literature of recent years reveals a steadily increasing interest in the possibility of the application of standard tests and measurements to the problems of school administration. Many prominent educators honestly question the value of such tests, because they feel that the most important clements in the mental and moral development of pupils are of an intangible character which can by no possibility be confined in terms of measurement. No one would dispute the fact that human life is a deeper and more complicated subject than can be probed by quantitative tests; nevertheless, when the more subtle components have been excluded, there remain some essential elements in education which are purely objective, and that these can be measured with reasonable exactness there is no reason to doubt. Because some things of supreme importance cannot be included in this category is no valid argument for rejecting the entire plan.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 15, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 17 Number 6, 1916, p. 69-78
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 21006, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 3:55:52 AM

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