Failure of High-Stakes Testing Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the controversy surrounding grading of standardized tests.
# 146094 | 1,214 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 15, 2010 in Education (Teaching Methods) , Psychology (Testing)

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This paper challenges a common myth that standardized tests used in high-stakes testing are inherently objective, and are immune to biases or pressure to create compressed assessments of student ability within strict state budgetary limits. First, the paper defines high-stakes testing and its potential consequences. Then it explores other issues associated with high-stakes testing, such as teaching for the test and wasting classroom time. This is followed by an extensive literature review of seminal research on high-stakes testing. The paper concludes by stating that there is little evidence to suggest that high-stakes testing improves educational quality, and much evidence exists to suggest that it harms teacher and student creativity.


Statement of the Problem
Purpose of the Paper
Review of Literature

From the Paper:

"Standardized tests, particularly NCLB tests, have disproportionate influence relative to their reliability, and require teachers to spend valuable classroom time teaching the test rather than individualized instruction upon a wide range of skills. The requirements of standardized tests also impede rather than enhance the quality of student education because they place disproportionate emphasis on a few subjects and skills, rather than encourage a holistic approach to learning."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lee, Jaekyung. (2008). Is test-driven external accountability effective? Synthesizing the evidence from cross-state causal-comparative and correlational studies. Review of Educational Research. 78(3). 608-644. Retrieved February 24, 2009, from Research Library database. (Document ID: 1580752961).
  • Marchant, Gregory J. (2004, April). What is at stake with high stakes testing? A discussion of issues and research. The Ohio Journal of Science. Retrieved from February 24, 2009.
  • Tienken, Christopher H. & Michael J. Wilson. (2007, December 17). Technical characteristics of state assessments of skills and knowledge. Report retrieved February 24, 2009, from Fair Test Articles Database

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