Making sense of test-based accountability in education

Test-based accountability systems that attach high stakes to standardized test results in the form of rewards and sanctions have raised a number of issues for those responsible for educational assessment and accountability. Do these high-stakes tests measure student achievement accurately? How can p...

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Main Author: Hamilton, Laura S.
Corporate Author: National Science Foundation (U.S.)
Other Authors: Stecher, Brian M., Klein, Stephen P.
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Santa Monica, CA Rand 2002, 2002
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Collection: JSTOR Open Access Books - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:Test-based accountability systems that attach high stakes to standardized test results in the form of rewards and sanctions have raised a number of issues for those responsible for educational assessment and accountability. Do these high-stakes tests measure student achievement accurately? How can policymakers and educators attach the right consequences to the results of these tests? What kinds of educational tradeoffs do these testing policies introduce? This book was written in response to school policymaking's growing emphasis on high-stakes testing. It addresses several key areas, including how the tests are used within these systems, how to evaluate the technical quality and trustworthiness of the tests, how test-based accountability affects the practices of teachers and schools, and what effect political considerations have on the policy debate. The authors also provide some recommendations for developing more-effective test-based accountability systems
Item Description:Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002
Physical Description:xxi, 168 pages illustrations
ISBN:9780833031617
0833031619