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ERIC Number: ED538649
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Improving Test Scores. Research Brief
Walker, Karen
Education Partnerships, Inc.
What strategies can improve test scores? According to research done by Amrein and Berliner, who studied 18 states with high stakes testing, their conclusion was that students did not necessarily score higher and often remained at the same level prior to the introduction of the high stakes testing. In other research done by Carnoy and Loeb, their findings indicated that students did better on national tests when there was a high level of accountability from the districts to the adults who were working with the students. Based on the results from states that have had high stakes testing, there are some issues and items of concern that will most likely arise when they are initiated. These include: (1) Scores will most likely rise the first 3-4 years because of the added attention on spending a great deal of time on test preparation; (2) Where bonuses to teachers have been offered, that has not proven to be successful due to issues such as varying groups of students each year and high student mobility rates; and (3) For those schools that had been identified as being low performing, how successful have the sanctions been in terms of higher student achievement? One recommendation made was that instead of schools being compared year-to-year, that students be compared to themselves to assess individual growth. (Contains 11 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)