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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Description:

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.

Outline:

Introduction
Statement of the Problem
Purpose of the Paper
Thesis/Hypothesis
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 FindArticles.com. February 24, 2009. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0HQW/is_2_104/ai_n25092071
  • 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 http://www.fairtest.org/files/NJ%20Standardized%20Testing%20characteristics_0.pdf

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