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Testing a Lousy Way to Hold Schools Accountable

The problem with a lie-even one that everyone agrees with-is that eventually you can’t ignore the truth. Enron can’t paper over debt and crashes. The housing bubble pops. Now, as the rush towards using standardized test scores to evaluate teachers turns into a retreat, it might be time to face that standardized tests are a lousy way to hold schools accountable.
We’ve been using bubble tests to hold schools and students accountable for a long time, mostly without anyone asking tough questions about whether the scores were valid measures. Controversy over student testing was slow to develop ...

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