ERIC Number: EJ780242
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Standardized Tests: Whose Standards Are We Talking About?
Phi Delta Kappan, v85 n5 p381-382, 387 Jan 2004
The United States is currently involved in a continuing controversy about how best to measure the education of children. President Bush and his Administration have pushed for a bevy of standardized assessments, the results of which would be used to reward high-scoring schools and punish low-scoring ones. State departments of education and school districts are listening to the rhetoric and imposing an ever-increasing number of standardized tests on students from prekindergarten through high school. If students throughout America were being held accountable to standards that did not match the standards of their cultures or communities, most students would fall short of the test targets. In this article, the author demonstrates that when standardized tests are administered outside of the context of the mainstream culture, the whole notion of "standards" is turned on its head. She argues that it is unreasonable to believe that there is one standard by which all students should be measured and to assume that all schools in which students do not meet the standard should be punished.
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Scoring, State Departments of Education, Sanctions, Cultural Differences, Vocabulary, Cues
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Iowa Tests of Basic Skills; California Achievement Tests; TerraNova Multiple Assessments