ERIC Number: EJ708750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Using Student Performance Data Humanely: The Danger of Losing Perspective on Teaching and Learning and the Value of Test Scores
Chafin, Carl K.
School Administrator, v61 n11 p26 Dec 2004
For as long as there have been standardized tests that provide "objective" data about student performance, there has been an understandable, though often misguided, inclination to use that data to judge the performance of schools, teachers and students. Paralleling the rise of high-stakes statewide achievement testing in recent years, that practice has taken on an even greater importance as school leaders, the news media, parents and the community at large have become believers in the power of test data. In this era of accountability the pressures on principals and teachers to improve the scores of their students are overwhelming and at times debilitating. The fear of being identified publicly as a "poor performing" or "underperforming" school is real. This article discusses the fear that teachers and administrators feel gives insight on how to keep the correct perspective in this era of accountability.
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, High Stakes Tests, Accountability, Scores, Academic Achievement, Anxiety
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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