ERIC Number: EJ1107483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Changing the English Classroom: When Large-Scale "Common" Testing Meets Secondary Curriculum and Instruction in the United States
Cimbricz, Sandra K.; McConn, Matthew L.
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v22 n4 p393-404 2015
This article explores the intersection of new, large-scale standards-based testing, teacher accountability policy, and secondary curriculum and instruction in the United States. Two federally funded consortia--the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Readiness of College and Careers--prove focal to this paper, as these two organisations are creating new tests that will assess 42-49% of the K-12 student population in the United States in 2014-2015. Because greater teacher accountability for student performance will be given for these tests, there is more reason to pay attention to what these tests measure and what they do not. Our analysis suggests that these new tests will hold secondary English teachers accountable for literacy and disciplinary knowledge outside the field of English and thus raise important questions about what English teachers should, can and will do, especially when their jobs are on the line.
Descriptors: Group Testing, English Instruction, Secondary School Curriculum, Accountability, Educational Policy, Test Content, Test Validity, Test Reliability, Testing Programs, Common Core State Standards, High Stakes Tests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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