Tests Don’t Measure Achievement Adequately
- Measurement of student achievement is too complex for current social science methods. We still use them to make decisions that impact students and schools. They don’t measure goals schools pursue like creativity, critical thinking, motivation, persistence, empathy, leadership, courage, compassion, honesty, and curiosity. Students with high scores may be shallow thinkers. If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. They were created to measure the performance of populations not schools, teachers, or individuals. Important items that all students should know are left out at the expense of items that half of the students will miss. There are too many standards to use criterion-referenced tests.
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