Toward a New Science of Educational Testing and Assessment

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Toward a New Science of Educational Testing and Assessment by Harold Berlak, Fred M. Newmann, Elizabeth Adams, Doug A. Archbald

The authors of this book question the assumptions of the psychometric paradigm that underlie virtually all criterion-referenced and standardized tests used in North American schools. They make a compelling case for a new science of educational testing and assessment, one that shifts decision making from central administration to individual schools and communities.

Harold Berlak argues that the concept of tests as scientific instruments validated by technical experts is anachronistic and self-contradictory. He makes a case for a contextual paradigm, an approach which assumes that consensus on educational goals and national testing programs is neither possible nor desireable. Assessment practices in a democratic society must acknowledge and affirm differences in values, beliefs, and material interests among individuals and groups over the purposes and practices of schooling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791408780
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 02/28/1992
Series: SUNY series, Teacher Preparation and Development Series
Pages: 235
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

About the Author

Harold Berlak is an Educational Consultant in Oakland, California.

Fred M. Newmann is Professor of Education and Director of the Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Elizabeth Adams is Honorary Research Fellow at the Polytechnic of East London, England.

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