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ERIC Number: EJ794931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1477-8785
High Stakes Testing, Educational Aims and Ideals, and Responsible Assessment
Siegel, Harvey
Theory and Research in Education, v2 n3 p219-233 2004
School and government officials, system administrators and other policymakers offer a variety of reasons for engaging in high stakes testing: to monitor student performance, to measure teacher and/or school effectiveness, to ensure accountability, etc. Some of these reasons are good; others not. But the best reason--one that is never offered, because it is not true--is that such testing furthers our efforts to realize our considered educational aims and ideals. I argue that while some testing is perfectly legitimate, current high stakes testing practice is largely inimical to the achievement of our most defensible educational ends. (Contains 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test