Report Shows Negative Impact of Testing

K-12 Testing

The Inevitable Corruption of Indicators and Educators Through High-Stakes Testing, is a new report by Sharon L. Nicols and David C. Berliner, available from Arizona State University. The research looks at how over-reliance on high stakes testing affects nearly every aspect of the public education system in a negative manner. The report examines how pressure to reach unrealistic goals inevitably leads to a 'beat the system' mentality. Ten trends identified in the report as negative consequences of the current testing craze are: administrator and teacher cheating; student cheating; exclusion of low performing students from testing; misrepresentation of dropouts; teaching to the test; narrowing of the curriculum; conflicting accountability ratings; uncertainty as to the meaning of proficiency; declining teacher morale and score reporting errors. For more information or to see the report go to