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Norris, Stephen P.; Leighton, Jacqueline P.; Phillips, Linda M. – Theory and Research in Education, 2004
Many significant changes in perspective have to take place before efforts to learn the content and capabilities of children's minds can hold much sway in educational testing. The language of testing, especially of high stakes testing, remains firmly in the realm of "behaviors", "performance" and "competency" defined…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Test Construction, Test Items, Educational Testing
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Noddings, Nel – Theory and Research in Education, 2004
This response argues that, although evaluation of student learning is required for accountability, high stakes testing is not required and may even be counterproductive. It also questions whether the goals of the "No Child Left Behind Act" are reasonable and contends that, if they are not, there may be no justification for imposing…
Descriptors: Testing, High Stakes Tests, Test Interpretation, Educational Policy
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Siegel, Harvey – Theory and Research in Education, 2004
School and government officials, system administrators and other policymakers offer a variety of reasons for engaging in high stakes testing: to monitor student performance, to measure teacher and/or school effectiveness, to ensure accountability, etc. Some of these reasons are good; others not. But the best reason--one that is never offered,…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, High Stakes Tests, Role of Education, Educational Assessment
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Swift, Adam – Theory and Research in Education, 2004
Summarising the arguments of "How Not to Be A Hypocrite: School Choice for the Morally Perplexed Parent" (Routledge Falmer 2003), the article discusses three questions. The first is whether parents who disapprove of elite private schools to such an extent that they would vote to ban them are acting hypocritically or inconsistently with…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Parent Attitudes, Decision Making, Private Schools
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