ERIC Number: ED452219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
High-Stakes Testing: Too Much? Too Soon?
Walker, Sherry Freeland, Ed.
State Education Leader, v18 n1 Win 2000
This theme issue focuses on the use and consequences of high stakes tests. The lead article, "High-Stakes Testing: Too Much? Too Soon?" by Sherry Freeland Walker, introduces the topic and related issues, outlining the pros and cons of high stakes testing by the states. The problem, some experts say, is that states have tried to do too much too soon without the proper preparation and support for everyone involved. "The History of Testing," by Sherry Freeland Walker, traces the growth of high stakes testing through the last half century and in the present context of the standards movement. "High-Stakes Assessments Bring Out the Critics," by Jennifer Dounay, discusses a number of criticisms of high stakes testing and some responses from the public. "Why Is 'Teaching the Test' a Bad Thing?" by Lorrie Shepard, explores the issues of test score inflation, curriculum distortion, and safeguards against political pressures in testing. "How States Are Responding to Low-Performing Schools," by Katy Anthes, Susie Saavedra, Judie Mathers, and Jane Armstrong, describes the interventions states with high stakes accountability systems are using with low performing schools. The effects of high stakes tests on teacher education are outlined in "High-Stakes Testing Pressures Teacher Education" by Michael Allen. Other articles in this issue are: (1) "Maryland Moves toward Intervention" (Mary Fulton); (2) "Texas Test Withstanding Court Scrutiny" (Jill Weitz); (3) "Why Do We Need High-Stakes Assessments?" (Michael Sentance); (4) "Poor Test Results Lead to Math Consortium"; and (5)"Performance Management, Not Just Accountability" (Peter Robertson). (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests, Scores, State Programs, Test Results, Test Use, Testing Programs
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Note: Theme Issue. Published three times a year.