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ERIC Number: EJ794354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Counterbalance Assessment: The Chorizo Test
Cabrera, Nolan L.; Cabrera, George A.
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n9 p677-678 May 2008
Since the days of the reform movements of the 1980s and 1990s, standardized testing has increased greatly in the public schools. The problem has become particularly acute in the wake of the testing mandated for accountability under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. States simply can not afford to jeopardize their federal funding. This article describes The Chorizo Test, which was originally created to be used with students in teacher training programs to sensitize them to the pitfalls inherent in standardized pencil-and-paper tests, such as linguistic bias and cultural stereotyping. The test (a copy of which is included at the conclusion of this article) does not purport to avoid bias; instead, it is designed to be a counterbalance to the widely used standardized group tests administered in public schools. However, it might have broader applications in the social sciences. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001