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  •  High stakes testing has become so distorted (2+ / 0-)
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    plthomasEdD, Orinoco

    that the useful information that these exams results could provide has been rendered practically useless.  

    I have a strong background in high stakes exam preparation and administration.

    I am appalled at the misuse of what could be a valuable tool.  

    There is absolutely too much emphasis placed on these exams, and it interferes with the classroom experience.

    IMO, student test results should never be used to evaluate teachers and should instead be used to indicate areas of knowledge where individual students or even groups of students could have gaps.  

    In fact, the whole problem is with the phrase, "high stakes exams".  The exams should not be "high stakes".  Instead these exams should be one of many tools for feedback that teachers should have at their disposal.

    These exams are being abused and transformed into serving a purpose that is far from the original intent for which they were developed.

    It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

    by ciganka on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 08:27:08 AM PST

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    •  Perhaps caveats written by test authors (1+ / 0-)
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      this test should not be used for evaluating teaching effectiveness, student mastery of the material, curriculum adequacy or school policy
      should be printed on the cover of each test booklet, similar to the surgeon general's warnings on cigarette packs. High stakes tests do none of these things.

      "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

      by Orinoco on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:29:11 PM PST

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      •  He he...let's not throw the baby out with... (0+ / 0-)

        I do think that these exams can be a useful part of an evaluative toolkit.  

        However, exam results represent just one very small quantitative factor in what should be a much wider evaluative process - an evaluative process that should also include qualitative factors that are not so easy to measure.  

        Incidentally, this whole evaluation process could most likely best be performed by a teaching team led by the classroom teacher and support staff - just as well paid as any other team of professionals.  

        It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

        by ciganka on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 10:23:56 PM PST

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