An Analysis and Evaluation of Religious Testing

Stephen A. Watkins


There has developed in the field of secular education the extensive and successful use of testing devices to both measure and improve classroom instruction. These devices, too numerous to name, not only measure achievement, but also aptitude, personality, intelligence, personnel and many other factors. Religious education at one time made an effort to employ these devices but failed.

Therefore, the following questions need to be considered: (1) what were the trends of religious education when religious testing was first used? (2) what general attitude stimulated test development? (3) why was this movement abandoned in religious education while secular education continued to develop and refine the instruments of measurement? (4) is there a practical use for objective measurement in religious education?