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When an adult took standardized tests forced on kids – The Answer Sheet – The Washington Post


This will be of interest to standardised tests enthusiasts. A longtime friend on the school board of one of the largest school systems in America did something that few public servants are willing to do. He took versions of his state’s high-stakes standardized math and reading tests for 10th graders, and said he’d make his scores […]

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Incentives and Test-based Accountability in Education?


Below are conclusions of an influential panel charged with studying the effects of incentives and test-based accountability in Education. A must read, especially for those who carry a strong stance in favour of test-based accountability as an important kernel of education reforms in Pakistan. Read the conclusions/recommendations: CONCLUSIONS Conclusion 1: Test-based incentive programs, as designed […]

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Outcomes based Accountability?


In some previous posts (See here, here, here, here  and here) Just-questions voiced concerns about standardised testing as a basis for making teachers accountable for students’ learning.  Recently my friend Ajay Sharma drew my attention to a piece written by Nancy Folbre [an economist at University of Massachusettes] in NYT. She draws upon the economic theory to suggest that the high stakes tests-based […]

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Education Week: Cheating Scandals Intensify Focus on Test Pressures


Another article on the connection between cheating and high stakes test-based accountability. The cheating scandal that has rocked the 48,000-student Atlanta school system was an egregious, but not entirely unexpected, byproduct of testing accountability pressures, many testing experts say. The reason: As long as test scores are used in any field to make decisions on […]

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The other side of the coin | pakistanpolicyideas | Some Reflections


A couple of days ago, I wrote about some issues related to the use of standardised testing for accountability on this blog.  In an update to the same post, I mentioned a statement issued by a gathering of members of Pakistan’s academic, civil, and political society at the Harvard University.  This statement also mentioned the idea of minimum standards […]

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The History of ‘Data’…


Goals, targets, measures, achievement, progress, so on and so forth. These words keep falling on our ears all the time. Being repeated so frequently, they have become so naturalised that we seldom pause to imagine a world without them. But certainly there must have been one. When did the goal setting become a norm? How […]

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Using Standardised Tests for Accountability?


Are standardised and large scale tests a credible means to measure progress toward ‘reforms?’ It sounds immediately attractive as one. Yet, raising the stakes for large scale standardised tests has not been without its cons. The field of psychometrics owes itself to the attempts to find a way out of the formidable problems presented by […]

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