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ERIC Number: EJ745449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Swords with Blunt Edges
Popham, W. James
Educational Leadership, v62 n4 p86-87 Dec 2004-Jan 2005
Many U.S. educators now wonder whether they're teachers or targets. This mentality stems from the specter of their school being sanctioned for failing the state accountability tests mandated under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). According to this author, most of those tests are like blunt-edged swords: They function badly in two directions. While many teachers complain that their schools are actually better than their students' low test scores indicate, it is rare to hear teachers argue that their students' high test scores may actually be masking wretched instruction. He contends that inaccurate judgments about school quality can harm students, whether those evaluations are negative or positive, and that attention must be paid to both kinds of evaluative mistakes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001