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  •  Actually I work with standardized tests and (1+ / 0-)
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    see them as a useful tool but a very small part of a larger analysis.  However, they are being used excessively.  One lousy day of testing is enough for a school year.  The importance that test scores are being given is totally out of proportion to their usefulness.  

    Furthermore, test scores are a tool for the teachers as a small part of the assessment of individual or group progress in the learning experience.  

    You are correct in that we now have a huge profit motive involved - which has completely subverted the whole point of standardized testing.  

    It always needs to come down to the judgment of the teacher.  For example, a ASD or LD person's test results would tell very little about that particular individual's learning experience.  As I said, one test a year for a teacher to see how the group is doing overall is quite enough to get a spread sheet going and see if there is something significant to glean from the results or not.

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

    by ciganka on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 11:41:27 AM PDT

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