When appraising curriculum, the teacher has available a variety of techniques to aid him or her in obtaining a more comprehensive picture by using classroom tests, the teacher may evaluate the achievement of specific objectives that were set forth for a certain subject.
While test results are used primarily for teaching and for determining grades, they also can aid the teacher in planning for adjustments in methodology and course content. The uses of standardized tests help the school system see itself in perspective in relation to the state, regional, or national picture.
A few words of caution are offered, however, about the use of standardized tests. They should not be looked upon as effective methods of evaluating teachers, and they should not assume a position of such importance that they become the sole determiner of the curriculum.