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Butler, Jennifer; O'Toole, Thomas; Zeeb, Robert – Journal of Education, 2002
Responds to a critique by Susan S. Goldsmith of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) English Language Arts tests, focusing on Goldsmith's critique of test development, uniform topic focus, use of open-response items, and lack of explicit testing in vocabulary and grammar. Goldsmith replies to the response, highlighting needed…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, English Curriculum, Grammar, Language Arts
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Goldsmith, Susan S. – Journal of Education, 2002
Evaluation of the design of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests in English highlights a significant gap between where it stands as a test of English language learning and where it should stand. This suggests that determining whether any MCAS test is aligned with its subject framework is much more complex than counting…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, English, High Stakes Tests, Standardized Tests