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Cizek, Gregory J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2003
Responds to critiques of an earlier article on the unintended consequences of high-stakes testing. Reiterates the need to look for positive as well as negative consequences of high stakes testing and calls for balance between the role of large-scale assessment in identifying achievement deficits and the responsibility educational systems have to…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests
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Rich, William – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2003
Discusses current high-stakes standardized testing policy in response to G. Cizek through analogy with the policies of Chairman Mao in China and the decision to build the Maginot Line in France after World War I. Lessons from these events show that high-stakes policies skew outcomes and present high risk. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests
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Camilli, Gregory – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2003
Although G. Cizek's article balances positive consequences for high-stakes testing against anti-testing criticisms, there is no evidence that high-stakes testing per se has substantial positive consequences. There is, however, optimism that aligned educational systems with testing as a component may lead to higher levels of student achievement.…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests
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Brookhart, Susan M. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1995
A strength of this exploration of testing and test use in the United States is the concern for how tests affect student conceptions of learning and student relation to knowledge. A weakness is a persistent confounding of classroom and large-scale assessment for state and national purposes. (SLD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Occupational Tests, Test Construction