ERIC Number: EJ759531
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-22
Reference Count: N/A
State Tests Can Influence High School Learning, Report Finds
Hoff, David J.
Education Week, v24 n41 p28 Jun 2005
High school exams that are based on state standards are changing what and how students learn, whether or not they have high stakes attached to them, a report on two school districts suggests. Because of such tests in Virginia and Maryland, teachers are focused on ensuring that students are prepared to take and pass the exams, according to case studies of one school district in each of those states. Sometimes schools sacrifice depth of learning for test preparation, says the report by the Washington-based Center on Education Policy. Virginia students told researchers that they felt prepared for the tests, but they also said that teachers sometimes rushed through content to make sure they covered everything that might be on the exams. The report says that students and school officials in Maryland reported similar changes in classroom practices, but that the impact has not been as significant.
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Achievement, Public Schools, Standardized Tests, High School Students, School Districts, Case Studies, Student Evaluation, Achievement Tests, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland; Virginia