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ERIC Number: EJ848235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-25
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1207-7798
Teaching to the Test: What Every Educator and Policy-Maker Should Know
Volante, Louis
Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, n35 Sep 2004
Teachers typically receive the brunt of the criticism for poor performance on large-scale standardized tests. In order to stave off this criticism, some teachers have begun to provide instruction that utilizes actual or cloned items from these high-stakes tests. Such teaching to the test rarely helps learning and has a detrimental effect on the teaching profession as a whole. The present paper addresses the dangers of directly teaching to a standardized test and the implications of this practice for students, educators and policy makers. It also discusses measures designed to promote constructive test preparation activities. It argues that educators and policy makers both have important roles in ending this practice.
Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, Canada. Tel: 204-474-9004; Fax: 204-474-7564; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; North America
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001