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ERIC Number: ED464973
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 35
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Academic Achievement, Race, and Reform: Six Essays on Understanding Assessment Policy, Standardized Achievement Tests, and Anti-Racist Alternatives.
Berlak, Harold
This set of six essays was written as a resource for those working in their schools and communities to promote social justice, combat racism, and encourage quality education for all youth. The six essays address the following set of questions: (1) What is the Academic Performance Index (API)? Where did it come from? What are the connections between Goals 2000, Bush's educational policies, the API, and the Stanford 9 Achievement Test? (2) What explains the achievement gap between white students and students of color? (3) What is the impact of standardized testing on diversity in the curriculum? (4) What are normed tests and are they valid measures of academic performance? Are normed tests racist? Do criterion-referenced tests remedy the limitations of normed tests? (5) What are the consequences of centralizing control over the assessment process?; and (6) What are the obstructions to change and the practical alternatives to the current policies? (SM)
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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