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  •  the tests do not guarantee that they have (0+ / 0-)

    achieved or not achieved that knowledge

    I don't think non-teachers realize how bad many of the items on such tests are.  Or how imbalanced some tests are in the collection of items.

    I will stick with Social Studies.

    In MA, the "correct" answer on one test was President John Madison.

    In the tests my students have taken, I regular see questions with no correct answers.  For example, the state wants students to select Brown v Board as the case that either outlawed segregation (no qualifications) or overturned Plessy.  Both statements are incorrect.  While Warren's opinion telegraphed the Court's intent to move against segregation in all venues, it only addressed the issue of segregation in public schools, and found that separate but equal schools were inherently unequal -  Plessy required separate but equal - and thus it outlawed school segregation without touching Plessy.

    I also regularly see questions with more than one correct answer.

    In New York State, the English Regents tests bowdlerized works of literature without the permission of the authors.

    There have been physics and math tests required scores to be adjusted.

    There are multiple examples of tests scored so incorrectly that students were either barred from graduation or forced to attend summer school improperly.

    You are simply wrong in your assertions about the mass-produced tests.

    There are GOOD tests.   But even the good tests are subject to the fact that it is a one-time measurement with all the problems of any sampling of a domain -  it is called measurement error.  It can result in false positives -  people passing without the underlying knowledge - and false negatives - people failing even though they have the underlying knowledge because the items selected for this administration happened to fall heavily among those few that could be asked that the test taker did not know.  

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 02:50:59 AM PDT

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