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ERIC Number: EJ796125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1540-9392
Measure, Mismeasure, or Not Measurement at All?: Psychometrics as Political Theory
Garrison, Mark J.
Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly, v2 n4 p61-76 Sum 2004
The author of this article challenges a common assumption made by both critics and defenders of standardized-testing technology (or psychometry), namely that standardized tests "measure" something (culture, ability, etc.). It argues that psychometric practice cannot be classified as a form of measurement and instead is best understood as a marker of social value, an inherently political act. The chapter concludes by suggesting the significance of this argument for debates regarding "standards," "accountability," and educational assessment more generally. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001