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ERIC Number: EJ775914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov-1
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1046-6193
Letter Imperfect
Kramer, Stephen
Teacher Magazine, v15 n3 p43-44 Nov 2003
In this essay, the author, a 5th-grade teacher, questions how well a standardized test can measure his students. This article presents a letter he wrote for the Washington state science test scorer regarding his students' test scores. He shares stories about some of the students in his class. He points out that tests can turn out to be more like sieves than measuring cups. Some of the most important things everyone does in the classroom end up leaking through the holes. A well-constructed test can give teachers important information about what students know and where to focus instructional time. However, a single number does not represent what 5th graders know about science.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Washington