Measuring Up

Measuring Up

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qThe question that dismays all teachers and ought to concern every parent because of what it reveals about what school can do to a child's curiosity -- ?Will this be on the test?' -- will never be answered again in the same way. Bob Rothman offers a rich and compelling account of the unfolding revolution in testing in America's schools.q -- Richard P. Mills, Vermont commissioner of education An award-winning journalist, Rothman cuts through the assessment debate -- a debate often characterized by misrepresentations and jargon -- to offer a highly accessible examination of the shift in thinking about testing. He underscores that any change must begin with the And: what we want students to know and be able to do. Such changes demand a new way of knowing what students can achieve--and a system that enables them to achieve.The research assessment at Mark Twain Elementary School, which we saw earlier, also raises questions about reliability. ... Here, too, multiple-choice tests appear to have an advantage over performance-based assessments. Computer scanning, though not flawless, can in nearly every case provide the same score each time it reads a studenta#39;s answer sheet. But what ... Recall that in Vermont, students in fourth and eighth grades compile portfolios in writing and mathematics.

Title:Measuring Up
Author: Robert Rothman
Publisher:Jossey-Bass - 1995-03-29

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