Tag Archives: Standardised Tests

Why are children committing suicide?


Two children have committed suicide in two different cities of Pakistan within the last two months. They were very young, not even in their teens yet. ¬†All reports suggest that these children were led to such despair as to take their own life due to pressures within the schools. This is not just sad. It […]

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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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Any Standardised Test is Inauthentic?


‘Any standardised test is inauthentic and that you do not need to test in order to assess’…Provocative, ain’t it? Before you read on, let me say that this post, like some [not all] of the other posts on this blog, is an attempt to provide the readers of this blog with a range of opinions […]

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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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