The Myths of Standardized Tests

The Myths of Standardized Tests

Why They Don't Tell You What You Think They Do

Book - 2011
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Pundits, politicians, and business leaders continually make claims for what standardized tests can do, and those claims go largely unchallenged because they are in line with popular assumptions about what these tests can do, what the scores mean, and the psychology of human motivation. But what most of these opinion leaders say, and the public believes, about standardized testing just isn't so. However, few members of the general public, not even concerned parents, have the time or the background to keep up with the latest findings of testing experts, psychometricians, and researchers. That is where this book comes in. In it the authors spell out the assumptions underlying standardized tests and point out what is true about them and what is just plain mythical. But they not only debunk common assumptions about standardized tests; they propose better ways to judge the success of our schools. They also offer readers suggestions for ways they can help reduce the burden of tests on their children. Appendixes offer readers contact information and suggestions for actions they can take to become part of the solution to the problem of overusing and misusing standardized tests.
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Pub., c2011
ISBN: 9781442208094
Branch Call Number: 371.262 H315
Characteristics: vii, 197 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Harris, Joan 1938-
Smith, Bruce M. 1949-

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