Standardized testing has become the go-to procedure for evaluating students, schools, districts, and now teachers and principals. As someone with a background in testing, I have been opposed to the use of these tests since high-stakes consequences have been attached to the scores of students. These two papers do a good job of capturing why standardized test scores should not be used for ANY high-stakes decisions.
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FairTest has revised and updated two of its most popular fact sheets (all FT fact sheets are at http://fairtest.org/fact%20sheets).
How Standardized Testing Damages Education – at http://fairtest.org/how-standardized-testing-damages-education-pdf
What’s Wrong with Standardized Tests? – http://fairtest.org/facts/whatwron.htm
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