High-Stakes Testing: Coping With Collateral Damage by R. Murray Thomas

By R. Murray Thomas

The federal government's No baby Left at the back of Act has thrust high-stakes testing - its targets, equipment, and results - into the academic limelight. The four-fold goal of this ebook is to: describe the character of high-stakes checking out; establish kinds of collateral harm that experience attended the trying out courses; study tools diversified teams of individuals have selected for dealing with the wear and recommend classes to be realized from the high-stakes-testing event. The six teams of individuals whose coping concepts are inspected comprise: politicians and their staffs; academic directors and their staffs; mom and dad and the general public; try makers and try administrators;  academics and students. Importantly, the writer avoids aligning himself with the test-bashing rhetoric of these who oppose high-stakes trying out, in particular the No baby Left in the back of Act.Key good points of this striking new booklet comprise: illustrative instances. The e-book deals greater than 350 situations of collateral harm from high-stakes testing--and people's coping strategies--as stated in newspapers over the 2002-2004 interval. heritage views. half I examines the effect of high-stakes trying out on: 1) what faculties train; 2) how scholar development is evaluated; three) how fulfillment criteria are set; and four) how attempt effects are used. player responses. half II, that is the guts of the publication, devotes a separate bankruptcy to the coping ideas of every of the most important members within the high-stakes trying out move: politicians and their staffs, academic directors and their staffs, mom and dad and the general public, test-makers and test-givers, lecturers, and scholars. precis bankruptcy. The final bankruptcy (Lessons to profit) bargains feedback for minimizing collateral harm through adopting substitute methods no longer utilized in the construction of our present high-stakes trying out courses, quite the federal government's No baby Left in the back of Act. This booklet is suitable for any of the subsequent audiences: scholars taking overview or management classes in colleges of schooling, inservice directors and lecturers, coverage makers, and people participants of most of the people who're excited about the destiny of education in the USA.

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