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Policy Perspectives on Educational Testing

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America faces a crisis in education and its accompanying effects on the nation's economic and social life. Educators and policy makers need to document the extent of this crisis, to gauge its potential impact, and to develop educational strategies that would boost achievement; this has turned the spotlight on educational assessment - the procedures, practices, and tools that educators use to measure the progress of students, both as individuals and groups.
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Overview

America faces a crisis in education and its accompanying effects on the nation's economic and social life. Educators and policy makers need to document the extent of this crisis, to gauge its potential impact, and to develop educational strategies that would boost achievement; this has turned the spotlight on educational assessment - the procedures, practices, and tools that educators use to measure the progress of students, both as individuals and groups.
This book deals with a range of issues within the field of educational assessment, with an emphasis on those issues that have sparked the public policy debate in recent years. Much of this volume concerns itself with the impact of testing on various subgroups of the population - blacks, Hispanics, young children, and children considered to be of 'below average' ability. Taken together, the contributions to this volume represent a broad range of views on differential test performance.
(This book is part of the subseries of books based on the Ford Foundation's National Commission on Testing and Public Policy. Previous titles in this program include Gifford & Wing/Test in Defense, Gifford & O'Connor/Changing Assessments, Gifford/Test Policy and the Politics of Opportunity Allocation, and Gifford/Test Policy and Test Performance.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789401049870
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Series: Evaluation in Education and Human Services Series , #32
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 406
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction.- 2 School Achievement Trends for Black Students.- 3 The Status of Research on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and Hispanic Students in Postsecondary Education.- 4 Psychometric G and Achievement.- 5 Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe: Testing Policy and Practice in Early Childhood.- 6 Changing Statewide Reading Assessment: A Case Study of Michigan and Illinois.

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