Defending Standardized Testing [NOOK Book]

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The education reform movement of the past two decades has focused on raising academic standards. Some standards advocates attach a testing mechanism to gauge the extent to which high standards are actually accomplished, whereas some critics accuse the push for standards and testing of impeding reform and perpetuating inequality. At the same time, the testing profession has produced advances in the format, accuracy, dependability, and utility of tests. Never before has obtaining such an abundance of accurate and ...
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Overview

The education reform movement of the past two decades has focused on raising academic standards. Some standards advocates attach a testing mechanism to gauge the extent to which high standards are actually accomplished, whereas some critics accuse the push for standards and testing of impeding reform and perpetuating inequality. At the same time, the testing profession has produced advances in the format, accuracy, dependability, and utility of tests. Never before has obtaining such an abundance of accurate and useful information about student learning been possible. Meanwhile, the American public remains steadfast in support of testing to measure student performance and monitor the performance of educational systems.

Many educational testing experts who acknowledge the benefits of testing also believe that those benefits have been insufficiently articulated. Although much has been written on standardized testing policy, most of the material has been written by opponents. The contributing authors of this volume are both accomplished researchers and practitioners who are respected and admired worldwide. They bring to the project an abundance of experience working with standardized tests.

The goal of Defending Standardized Testing is to:
*describe current standardized testing policies and strategies;
*explain many of the common criticisms of standardized testing;
*document the public support for, and the realized benefits of, standardized testing;
*acknowledge the limitations of, and suggest improvements to, testing practices;
*provide guidance for structuring and administering large-scale testing programs in light of public preferences and the "No Child Left Behind Act" requirements; and
*present a defense of standardized testing and a vision for its future.

Defending Standardized Testing minimizes the use of technical jargon so as to appeal to all who have a stake in American educational reform.
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Editorial Reviews

Center for Instructional Materials and Computing
"The literature on standardized testing is dominated by criticism that standardization perpetuates inequality and inhibits reform. This collection documents public support for testing to measure student achievement and to gauge education systems. It avers the increased efficiency and utility of standardized instruments and attempts to more clearly articulate their advantages."
PsycCRITIQUES
"Defending Standardized Testing is an easy to read book, and the topics are even easier to follow. I think this is mainly because of the logical and meaningful way the editor chose to organize the information. This book provides a balanced approach to understanding the role of testing in general and standardized testing in particular. It will help the reader identify and understand some of the current debates within the community of testing experts."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135614263
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/23/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 362
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

1 Persistently positive : forty years of public opinion on standardized testing 1
2 High-stakes testing : contexts, characteristics, critiques, and consequences 23
3 The rich, robust research literature on testing's achievement benefits 55
4 Some misconceptions about large-scale educational assessments 91
5 The most frequently unasked questions about testing 111
6 Must high stakes mean low quality? : some testing program implementation issues 123
7 Whose rules? : the relation between the "rules" and "law" of testing 147
8 Teaching for the test : how and why test preparation is appropriate 159
9 Doesn't everybody know that 70% is passing? 175
10 The testing industry, ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities 187
11 A school accountability case study : California API awards and the Orange County Register margin of error folly 205
12 Leave no standardized test behind 227
App. A Polls and surveys that have included items about standardized testing : 1954 to present 255
App. B Some studies revealing testing achievement benefits, by methodology type 281
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