Is High-Stakes Testing Effective?

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The issue of high-stakes testing is a substantial topic in the world of education today. Some find it to be a useful tool in making decisions in education. By using the results from a high stakes test, schools are able to decide where each student should go next. By setting high standards and high expectations, schools are ensuring that their tests have a purpose. (National Research Council, 1999) Others disagree and find high-stakes testing to be a complete waste of time. In Massachusetts, professors are protesting the use of these tests. They’re saying that high-stakes tests are not a good way to assess the schools performance nor the teachers and students in the schools. Which is it? Good or bad? After much research it has been found that having a high-stakes testing environment in schools creates unsuccessful results in education. Valerie Strauss, an education reporter from Washington, D.C . was able to get information from the Massachusetts professors and researchers themselves who stated: As educators and researchers from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we strongly oppose our state’s continued over reliance on high-stakes standardized testing to assess student achievement, evaluate teacher effectiveness, and determine school quality. Given that standardized tests provide only one indicator of student achievement, and that their high-stakes uses produce ever-increasing incentives to teach to the test, narrow the curriculum, or even to cheat, we call on the BESE to stop using standardized tests in high-stakes decisions affecting students, teachers, and schools. (Strauss, V. 2013) In a perfect world, high-stakes tests would be the ideal thing. However, that is not the case. Despite what some people may think, punis... ... middle of paper ... ... Greene, J. P. (203, February ). Testing high stakes tests: Can we believe the results of accountability tests?. National Research Council. (1999). High stakes: Testing for tracking, promotion, and graduation. Washington, D.C. Peters, S., & Oliver, L. (2009). Achieving Quality and Equity through Inclusive Education in an Era of High-Stakes Testing. Prospects: Quarterly Review Of Comparative Education, 39(3), 265-279. Strauss, V. (2013, February 22). Massachusetts professors protest high-stakes standardized tests. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com Supovitz, J. (n.d.). Is high-stakes testing working?. Retrieved from https://www.gse.upenn.edu/review/feature/supovitz Upadhyay, B. (2009). Negotiating Identity and Science Teaching in a High-Stakes Testing Environment: An Elementary Teacher's Perceptions. Cultural Studies Of Science Education, 4(3), 569-586
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