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ERIC Number: EJ907559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0034-5237
Standardised Tests: Wristwatch or Dipstick?
Higgins, Michael J.
Research in Education, v81 n1 p1-11 May 2009
If US education is to be improved a tool is needed that will measure quality. Standardised tests are the only serious contender for the job. This article explores in detail why standardised tests are such a powerful, if limited, tool. It discusses the following three topics: (1) a brief history of tests: the start of the controversy, (2) the purpose of tests: what they tell us and how good they are, (3) the effective use of tests: how to use tests to improve schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment; SAT (College Admission Test)