Standardized Testing

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737752021
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 2/25/2011
  • Series: Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Does Standardized Testing Increase Learning?

1 Standardized Testing Helps Identify Student Needs Karen Tankersley 11

2 Standardized Testing Restricts Student Learning Helen Cole Kathy Hulley Peggy Quarles 17

3 Standardized Testing Has Improved Education for Poor and Minority Students: Education Equality Project 23

4 Standardized Testing Has Harmed Poor and Minority Students Monty Neill 29

5 Standardized Testing Is Improving Education for Disabled Students: Advocacy Institute 36

6 High-Stakes Testing Can Create Obstacles for Disabled Students Candace Cortiella 42

Chapter 2 Are Standardized Tests Beneficial to Teachers?

1 Good Teachers "Teach to the Test": Walt Gardner 50

2 Teaching to the Test Weakens Education Judy Willis 56

3 Teachers Should Be Evaluated According to Their Students' Test Scores Arne Duncan 62

4 Present Tests Are Not a Good Measurement of a Teacher's Effectiveness W. James Popham 68

5 A National Test Would Support Rigorous Proficiency Standards Michael K. Smith 74

6 Standardized Tests Do Not Accurately Measure Proficiency Chester E. Finn Jr. Michael J. Petrilli 80

Chapter 3 Are Standardized Tests Valuable for College Admissions?

1 Achievement Tests Are Good Tools for College Admissions Richard C. Atkinson Saul Geiser 87

2 Standardized Tests Are Overemphasized in College Admissions Elizabeth Landau 93

3 The SAT Is a Good Predictor of College Success Peter Salins 99

4 The SAT Is a Poor Predictor of College Success: National Center for Fair and Open Testing 106

5 Test Prep Courses Are a Good Investment Scott Jaschik 112

6 Test Prep Courses Are Overrated Derek C. Briggs 118

Facts About Standardized Testing 125

Organizations to Contact 129

For Further Reading 135

Index 139

Picture Credits 144

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