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ERIC Number: EJ854574
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Ethical and Appropriate High-Stakes Test Preparation in Middle School: Five Methods that Matter
Turner, Steven L.
Middle School Journal (J3), v41 n1 p36-45 Sep 2009
Over the last decade, high-stakes test preparation has crept into the inventory of developmentally responsive middle level instructional practices. Amid calls for increased accountability and more rigorous curriculum and academic standards, the middle school movement now finds itself in a spotlight of intense scrutiny. This article examines the current emphasis on educational accountability through standardized testing, investigates its underlying assumptions, and offers practical suggestions for ethical, appropriate high-stakes test preparation that can support meaningful learning and instruction in the middle grades. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001