Testing Abuse

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Monday, February 21, 2005

Our Mission

EPATA is an organization of parents and educators who are concerned with the impact of high-stakes testing in California and the Central Valley. We recognize that high-stakes testing harms children and impoverishes education. Together we are working to educate policy makers and the public about the dangers of the current trend in educational reforms, and to promote authentic assessment and reform efforts which work towards equity, democracy, academic excellence, and social justice.

8 Comments:

  • At 2:34 PM, Blogger Greg S. Goodman said…

    Many of my professional and public comments regarding testing abuses have been visible as well as vitrolic. I, therefore, welcome this forum as another opportunity to not only offer my opinions, but to dialogue with others on this very important topic.

    Assessment is an essential tool for student evaluation, and it needs to be integrated with instruction to be an effective instrument for improving student achievement. Conversely, testing that is not used for instructional purposes is a shameful waste of instructional time and taxpayer dollars. As most working professionals know, standardized, norm-referenced tests are worthless, unreliable, and invalid for the majority of test takers. As stated in Mental Measurements, group tests should never be used for individual educational placements or, by implication, high stakes decision-making.

    For anyone interested in more on this subject, I refer you to my latest book, Ubiquitous Assessment. Co-authored with Karen Carey, Ubiquitous Assessment speaks to this testing controversy and offers constructive alternatives to the use of standardized assessments.

    As always, I welcome your comments on this important and controversial issue.

    Greg S. Goodman

     
  • At 3:04 PM, Blogger Glenn DeVoogd said…

    California Principles for Assessment that the Educational Testing Service tests student teachers on to get credentialed:
    1. Use appropriate tools
    2. Use formal and informal assessments
    3. Be positive
    4. Include self assessment
    5. Plan and organize reading instruction based on ONGOING assessment.

    None of these principles are followed when high stakes tests are used.

    Glenn

     
  • At 11:16 AM, Blogger EdWonk said…

    I think that you've touched upon a nerve. I'll stop in frequently to see what you have to say.

     
  • At 11:54 AM, Blogger The Tablet PC In Education Blog said…

    Yes, the testing issue hits some nerves. With due respect, this argument has continued in many forms since before the first Binet test in France about 100 years ago.

    I'd like to understand your take on it.

    Aside from promoting alternatives to formal testing, how will your position increase U.S. student learning to compete with students from, say, Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan? Bob Heiny

     
  • At 7:40 AM, Blogger Carnival said…

    Hi there, I was surfing the internet and I found your blog. I like the way how this all works.

    I'll come by again.

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    LPN Degree Online

     
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