ERIC Number: EJ1072529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Measuring What Really Matters
Wei, Ruth Chung; Pecheone, Raymond L.; Wilczak, Katherine L.
Phi Delta Kappan, v97 n1 p8-13 Sep 2015
Since the passage of No Child Left Behind, large-scale assessments have come to play a central role in federal and state education accountability systems. Teachers and parents have expressed a number of concerns about their state testing programs, such as too much time devoted to testing and the high-stakes use of testing for teacher evaluation. We don't dispute that federal and state testing and accountability policies have been problematic or that there are ethical issues with high-stakes uses of a single measure. But rather than doing away with state tests, we should improve them so they do measure what matters, and so that what matters gets taught in our public schools. In short, we need a better system of assessments.
Descriptors: State Programs, Testing Programs, State Standards, Testing Problems, Educational Policy, Performance Based Assessment, Educational Quality, Educational Practices, Political Issues, Politics of Education, Evaluation Needs, Sustainability, Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Achievement, Accountability, Program Improvement, Change Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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