M.S. in Teaching
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education
College of Education
Education--Standards--New Jersey; Teachers--New Jersey--Attitudes
Elementary Education and Teaching
The purpose of this study is to explore how standardized testing affects teaching methods. The major aspects of this qualitative study focus around two questions: How do the pressures and incentives inflicted by standardized achievement tests affect or change teacher instruction? The site for the research is in an elementary school in Gloucester Township, New Jersey. The population for this study consists of teachers ranging from kindergarten teachers to fifth grade teachers. My research is based on interpretation of data gathered by investigation and examination. I used observations, analysis of materials, survey responses, and questionnaires as the basis for my research; therefore, I feel that my research is best described as qualitative based. In conclusion to my study, I found that pressures do exist which persuade teachers to "teach to the test" using valuable academic learning time to prepare students for standardized achievement tests.
Root, Ashley P., "Standardized educational assessments: the effects on teachers in a South Jersey elementary school" (2005). Theses and Dissertations. 1069.