A student’s test score is only meaningful in relation to something else – 1) information on the performance of a particular group of students, 2) some pre-established standard of performance, 3) a test score reflecting previous performance of the student, or 4) a prediction of performance based on previous testing.… Read More "Measures of Student Academic Growth: More Problems than Many Realize"
Focusing More on Learning and Less on Test Scores
Undue focus on test scores (and grades) can lead to practices that actually inhibit student learning. This is not a new problem, but in the age of high stakes testing, the problem has been exacerbated. (I’m talking about the age of compliance agreements under IASA and the implementation of NCLB,… Read More "Focusing More on Learning and Less on Test Scores"