assessment

MA MCAS and Assessment Subcommittee Sees Urgent Need for MCAS Overhaul

The Readiness Project subcommittee charged with reviewing MCAS and assessment expressed an urgent need for substantive change to the current system. To underscore this sense of urgency, the subcommittee’s consensus report echoes Brown v. Board of Education, saying, “In order to move toward important new educational goals, MCAS – as the ‘system’ it was originally intended to be – must evolve significantly and that evolution must begin with deliberate speed.”

Findings

Lisa Guisbond: Resist the testing bandwagon. Projo.com Op Ed.

http://www.projo.com/opinion/contributors/content/CT_regents4_05-04-08_E...

 

Lisa Guisbond: Resist the testing bandwagon

01:00 AM EDT on Sunday, May 4, 2008

LISA GUISBOND

CAMBRIDGE

 

THE RHODE ISLAND Board of Regents will discuss on May 15 proposed changes to the state’s high-school-graduation requirements that may increase the weight placed on state test scores. The board should think twice before going down this road.

Testing Our Children: Introduction

Testing Our Children:

 

A Report Card on State Assessment Systems

 

 

Introduction

 

Students with Disabilities Report Executive Summary: Preliminary Findings March 2004

Executive Summary:
Preliminary Findings March 2004

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This Executive Summary of Preliminary Findings incorporates
the June 2003 Preliminary Findings. All data are for the 2000-2001
school year.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Proposition 227 and Skyrocketing Test Scores: An Urban Legend from California

Proposition 227 and Skyrocketing Test
Scores: An Urban Legend from California

Stephen Krashen
The Journal of the Texas Association for Bilingual Education (in
press)

SELECTED ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY ON LANGUAGE MINORITY ASSESSMENT

SELECTED ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY ON
LANGUAGE MINORITY ASSESSMENT
1995

Ascher, C. "Testing Bilingual Students: Do We Speak
the Same Language?" PTA Today (March 1991, pp. 7-9).

Discusses cultural and linguistic bias issues in bilingual
testing, options for administering tests to bilingual students,
and problems associated with these options. Includes a short
description of an alternative, "dynamic assessment."

Standards Yes, Standardization No

Deborah Meier

Raising the Scores, Ruining the Schools

Alfie Kohn

All of us, as parents and citizens, want to make sure our schools
are doing a good job and our children are learning. Unfortunately,
the MCAS exams-and the "tougher standards" philosophy
that they reflect-not only fail to provide meaningful information
but actually interfere with the goal of providing students with
a high-quality education.

In Testing, One Size May Not Fit All

By TAMAR LEWIN
March 18, 2002
Peter DaSilva for The New York Times

PITTSBURG, Calif. — Kyle Stofle, a 10th grader at Pittsburg High School who has dyslexia and virtually unreadable handwriting, has been in special education since second grade. But Kyle, 15, has always expected to get his diploma along with the rest of the class of 2004.

TESTING PLUS

As we enter into a national debate on school improvement and greater public school accountability with a heavy emphasis on testing, educators are concerned that a solitary focus on testing ignores important opportunities to help all students achieve at high levels. Overreliance on testing could have the unintended consequence of hurting more than helping.

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