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ERIC Number: EJ783675
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Will Testing Solve Our Schools' Problems?
James, David
Journal of College Admission, n176 p12-15 Sum 2002
On January 25, 2001, at an elementary school in Washington, DC, President Bush said that testing is crucial "to determine whether or not children are learning." Testing is appealing to many because it is simple and easy. Americans want to believe that instituting something as routine and common as yearly testing will miraculously provide the solution to the complex problems in schools. Unfortunately, there are no such easy answers. The litany of school problems is as complex as the problems within society. Of course, schools are reflections of society. In this article, the author discusses three primary flaws with the President's educational initiative, namely that: (1) tests are imprecise measures at best; (2) high-stakes tests ultimately lead to a "teaching to the test" syndrome; and (3) using tests for high-stake decisions about student promotion and school funding is a misguided practice. The author stresses that the educational system must deal with issues of funding, educational research, politics, parenting and home environments, teacher training, assessment, technology, institutional leadership, community and business alliances, accountability, human services, and local economics, rather than instituting more testing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States