Making Sense of Test-Based Accountability in Education

Making Sense of Test-Based Accountability in Education

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Test-based accountability systems that attach high stakes to standardized test results have raised a number of issues on educational assessment and accountability. Do these high-stakes tests measure student achievement accurately? How can policymakers and educators attach the right consequences to the results of these tests? And what kinds of tradeoffs do these testing policies introduce? This book responds to the growing emphasis on high-stakes testing and offers recommendations for more-effective test-based accountability systems.Table 4.2 Mean Weekly Classroom Hours per Subject, Self-Contained Kentucky Fourth-Grade and Fifth-Grade ... tested in fourth grade Reading 5.2 4.7 Writing** 5.8 4.0 Science** 5.2 3.5 Subjects tested in fifth grade Mathematics** 4.9 6.4 Social ... can also occur within a subject area when teachers change their emphasis on specific topics in response to a test. ... and topics emphasized on their local tests while decreasing coverage of extended project work, work with calculators, andanbsp;...

Title:Making Sense of Test-Based Accountability in Education
Author: Laura S. Hamilton, Brian M. Stecher, Stephen P. Klein
Publisher:Rand Corporation - 2002-07-31

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