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What Are Critiques Of Standardized Tests & What Are Alternatives?

By Larry Ferlazzo — October 06, 2011 1 min read

This week’s question comes from Alice Mercer (a Sacramento colleague and a phenomenal teacher), who asks:

What are the major critiques of standardized tests and what are alternatives to them?

My bias is pretty obvious if you look at the title of my related “The Best...” list -- The Best Posts On How To Prepare For Standardized Tests (And Why They’re Bad). However, I don’t believe I have a monopoly on the “truth,” so I’m looking forward to hearing from guests I’ve invited to respond to Alice’s question, as well as seeing comments from readers.

Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book from a selection of twelve published by Eye On Education. Thanks, Alice!

You can send questions to me at lferlazzo@epe.org.When you send in your question, let me know if I can use your real name if it’s selected or if you’d prefer remaining anonymous and have a pseudonym in mind.

I’m looking forward to learning from people’s responses!

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