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Uses and abuses of data in professional development

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Data and class - Nancy Love

Posted by: Ethan Allen
Posted on: May 07, 2002 at 5:39 PM
If you have the opportunity, read Amrein"s & Berliner's article, "High stakes testing, uncertainty, and student learning" (Educatinal Policyt Analysis Archives 10 (18), 3/28,02). Through an extensive, comparative analysis, they make a powerful case that high stakes testing:
1) doesn't generally test/reflect significant learning
2) will almost inevitably be misused and misinterpreted, and
2) tends to exacerbate the "achievement gap" between more and less advantaged students

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