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Learning and Cheating on Standardized Tests

I have written before about the use of standardized tests for evaluating educational progress and teacher effectiveness.

Commercial standardized tests were never developed to give feedback for educational improvement. They were designed to rank students based upon the theory that all students receive the same instruction in specified areas. They don’t.

The use of such tests promotes cheating because the teachers’  jobs often depend upon how well their students do on these tests. It almost hurts anyone who is knowledgeable about testing to see the educational establishment employing such measures.

The most recent case that came to light is an indictment against Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of the Washington, D.C. school system. The chancellor failed to pursue evidence of … >>>