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Opinions pro & con for testing
Why Test? Implications of Tests
use of such tests cause measurable damage to teaching and learning
fail to assess accurately students’ knowledge
the use of any single test in making decisions is educationally unsound and unethical
harms students’ learning
displaces more thoughtful and creative curriculum
diminishes the emotional well-being of educators and children
unfairly damages the life-chances of members of vulnerable groups
NCTE calls on legislators and policymakers to:
repeal laws and policies that tie significant consequences to scores on single assessments
join with professional organizations to develop better means of improving public education
National Council of Teachers of English Website:
Summary of NCTE Resolution:
“An Analysis of Some Unintended and Negative Consequences of High-Stakes Testing” examined the unintended consequences of high-stakes tests in 16 states that have implemented high-stakes graduation exams. In those states, Amrein and Berliner found increased dropout rates, decreased graduation rates, and higher rates of younger people taking the GED equivalency exams.
Unintended and Negative Consequences of Standardized Testing:
States ranked at
What do high performing testing states have in common?
Preliminary testing to assess students’ skills before they take standardized tests
"My heart hurts that he has to do this on his own," Michelle Murphy said of her son's testing experience.
"If you want to know how your child is doing, you don't wait seven months to get the results of a standardized test. You just ask your kid's teacher," advised Judi Hirsch, an Oakland, Calif., algebra teacher who introduced the NEA measure.
Conner Murphy of Minden, Nevada took his pencil and drew a line through the answer column of the state`s reading, writing and math test.
He is boycotting the state’s mandatory standardized testing policy. The school is threatening to place him in jail.
Standardized tests force teachers to focus on getting ready for the tests rather than teaching their students.
Continuing coverage and in-depth, ongoing discussion of education related issues including standardized testing.
Many viewpoints and perspectives aired on a number of programs.
TEST SCORES TOSSED June 24, 2003
STAR Scores Still Below State GoalsAugust 29, 2002
N.Y. Regents Exam Censorship?June 03, 2002
City Parents to Boycott Standardized Tests May 07, 2002
President Bush Signs Education BillJanuary 08, 2002
Congress Passes Education Bill December 18, 2001
Scarsdale Kids Boycotting Standardized Tests November 9, 2001
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