ERIC Number: ED458287
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
The Truth about Testing: An Educator's Call to Action.
Popham, W. James
This book explores the serious destructive consequences of today's testing programs using actual test items to show what tests really measure and why they should not be used to evaluate school quality or teacher ability. The book also proposes more meaningful ways to assess students and to meet the call for accountability in education. The chapters are: (1) "Classroom Consequences of Unsound High-Stakes Testing"; (2) "Why We Test"; (3) "The Mystique of Standardized Measuring Instruments"; (4) "Confounded Causality"; (5) "Creating Large-Scale Tests That Illuminate Instructional Decisions"; (6) "Getting Maximum Instructional Mileage Out of Classroom Assessment"; (7) "Collecting Credible Evidence of Instructional Effectiveness"; and (8) "Wrapping Up with Action Options." (Contains 23 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests, Standardized Tests, Test Use, Testing Problems
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.