Assessment

Putting Standardized Tests to the Test

By Bryan Toporek — June 14, 2010 1 min read

Using three questions from a California 1st grade writing test as examples, Mr. AB questions the validity of standardized tests as definitive measures of student knowledge.

His conclusion:

I'm not at all afraid of being evaluated (in part) through my students' test results, or even compensated (in part) on the basis of scores, provided we have clearly understood objectives and tests that reliably assess them. Too often, we have neither.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.