1985 NCTE Annual Business Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This resolution stemmed from continued concern about overemphasis on testing at the expense of instruction. NCTE members pointed out that multiple-choice, short-answer tests yield little diagnostic information useful to teachers and continue to disrupt the curriculum and distract teachers from working to develop students' higher-order thinking skills. Be it therefore
Resolved, that the National Council of Teachers of English affirm the importance of uniting evaluation and learning;
that NCTE seek ways to empower English teachers to be confident evaluators and constructive critics of large-scale assessments, standardized and classroom tests of language arts; and
that NCTE seek to develop new and alternative models of testing and assessment, to be shared with teachers and test developers.