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Morgan, Hani – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2016
In the twenty-first century, the use of standardized tests as the primary means to evaluate schools and teachers in the United States has contributed to severe dilemmas, including misleading information on what students know, lower-level instruction, cheating, less collaboration, unfair treatment of teachers, and biased teaching. This article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High Stakes Tests, Standardized Tests, Educational Legislation
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Petersen, Julie Landry – Education Next, 2007
In just the last ten years, goaded by broad and still unsettled cultural shifts, education practices have changed dramatically. Schools are no longer just recording and analyzing inputs--dollars spent, number of days of instruction, numbers of students per teacher--but pushing their data-gathering and analysis efforts into the brave new world of…
Descriptors: Test Results, Standardized Tests, Charter Schools, Educational Practices
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Toenjes, Laurence A. – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2005
A paper appearing in this journal by Klein, Hamilton, McCaffrey and Stecher (2000) attempted to raise serious questions about the validity of the gains in student performance as measured by Texas' standardized test, the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). Part of their analysis was based on the results of three tests which they…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Test Validity, Scores, Academic Achievement
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Bussert-Webb, Kathy – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2000
Follows up the author's April 1999 article in this same journal, which described how her teaching improved when she decided not to focus on the minimal competency test for Texas. Quantifies ways her students became better readers and reports on the high pass rate of those very students on the reading section of the Texas Assessment of Academic…
Descriptors: High Schools, High Stakes Tests, Holistic Approach, Reading Achievement
Texas Kids Count Project, Austin. – 1998
This report focuses on the standards and test schools used to measure student and school performance in Texas. The primary method for evaluating the academic achievement of Texas public school students is a standardized test called the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). A review of TAAS scores and their uses suggests that the TAAS test…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Achievement Tests, Educational Assessment
Texas Education Agency, Austin. – 1992
This report presents the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) performance results to state officials and the public as required by state law. Compiled in two volumes, TAAS results are aggregated and reported for the state as a whole, for education service centers and individual districts, and in district demographic groupings. Section 1…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education
Gasser, Judith; Smith, Bill; Chapman, Ann – State of Reading, 1997
Describes how, in one Texas fifth-grade classroom, Shared Inquiry book discussions were taught and implemented over a six-month period in connection with the Junior Great Book Series. Discusses solutions to the dilemma of grading these active class discussions, and reports that scores on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) tests were…
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Grade 5, Grading, Intermediate Grades
Powell, Sara Davis – High School Magazine, 1999
Academically sound methods for preparing students for standardized tests include establishing tests' importance, forming preparation teams, gathering information, aligning curricular and test objectives, teaching test-wiseness skills, informing stakeholders, involving students in preparation plans, infusing curriculum with test content, and…
Descriptors: Ethics, High Schools, Standardized Tests, Student Participation
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Bussert-Webb, Kathy – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 1999
Relates the author's experiences teaching remedial reading in a Texas high school, where the state-mandated exit-level competency test heavily influences teaching. Discusses negative effects on students and on teachers. Describes how the author's teaching evolved from an emphasis on this basic skills test to a focus on engaging students in…
Descriptors: Discipline, High Schools, Instructional Effectiveness, Reading Attitudes
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Texas Education Agency, Austin. – 1992
This report presents the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) performance results to state officials and the public as required by state law. Compiled in two volumes, TAAS results are aggregated and reported for the state as a whole, for education service centers and individual districts, and in district demographic groupings. This volume…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Elementary Secondary Education, Exit Examinations, Performance