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  •  Perhaps caveats written by test authors (1+ / 0-)
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    ciganka

    to the effect of

    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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