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The myths of standardized tests : why they don't tell you what you think they do

Author: Phillip Harris; Bruce M Smith; Joan Harris
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2011.
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Debunks myths and assumptions about standardized tests, proposes alternative methods for evaluating the success of schools, and offers suggestions for helping to reduce the burden of tests on students.
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Harris, Phillip, 1939-
Myths of standardized tests.
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2011
(DLC) 2010025598
(OCoLC)643324444
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Phillip Harris; Bruce M Smith; Joan Harris
ISBN: 9781442208117 1442208112 9781442208094 1442208090
OCLC Number: 742367589
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 197 pages)
Contents: A medley of views --
This is not a test --
Misunderstanding accountability: the big picture --
The tests are too narrow --
The tests don't measure achievement adequately --
Testing autobiography: Phil's story --
The tests are less than objective --
Testing autobiography: Bruce's story --
Rewards and punishments don't motivate --
Testing autobiography: Joan's story --
The distortions of high stakes --
What's left out? --
Why not more direct measurement? --
The test don't predict well --
New ideas for genuine accountability --
What's it all about? "Reading" the reading tests / Susan Ohanian --
Misunderstood measurement mallets / W. James Popham --
A use of tests I could support / Gerald W. Bracey --
Within limits, tests can be useful / Stanley Pogrow --
Kids or cows? / Tom O'Brien --
The tests we need today / Gail Marshall --
A smoke screen / Larry Barber --
The game of school / Ken Jones.
Responsibility: Phillip Harris, Bruce M. Smith, and Joan Harris.

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Debunks myths and assumptions about standardized tests, proposes alternative methods for evaluating the success of schools, and offers suggestions for helping to reduce the burden of tests on students.

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