ERIC Number: EJ1139875
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
Do Test Scores Buy Happiness?
Journal of School Choice, v11 n2 p197-208 2017
Since at least the enactment of No Child Left Behind in 2002, standardized test scores have served as the primary measures of public school effectiveness. Yet, such scores fail to measure the ultimate goal of education: maximizing happiness. This exploratory analysis assesses nation level associations between test scores and happiness, controlling for a strong correlate of both, per-capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Controlling for GDP, the association between test scores and happiness is greatly decreased, offering reason to question the sole use of test scores as measures of school success.
Descriptors: Well Being, Scores, Psychological Patterns, Standardized Tests, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Public Schools, Correlation, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, International Assessment, Secondary School Students, Grade 4, Reading Tests, Reading Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Tests, Science Tests, Science Achievement, Social Indicators, Economic Development, Income
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment; Progress in International Reading Literacy Study; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study