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Developing a Testing Policy: The Foundation for Curricular Excellence

To promote curricular excellence, evaluation data are often used to drive the curriculum with the ultimate goal of achieving designated outcomes, such as consistently high pass rates on licensure examinations. The first step in developing a curriculum that is driven by evaluation data is to establish a school-wide testing policy.

This policy should address the formulation of a testing committee, the methods used to conduct internal and external curriculum evaluation, the consequences associated with students’ scores, and the role students play in the testing process. The purpose of this paper is to describe the composition of a testing committee that is charged with designing a testing policy, and to define the content that should be included in that testing policy.

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