In this alternately amusing and appalling exposAc of the standardized test industry, fifteen-year veteran Todd Farley describes statisticians who make decisions about students without even looking at their test answers; state education officials willing to change the way tests are scored whenever they donat like the results; and massive, multi-national, for-profit testing companies who regularly opt for expediency and profit over the altruistic educational goals of teaching and learning. Although there are absurd moments--as when Farley and coworkers had to grade students based on how they described the taste of their favorite food-- the enormous importance of standardized tests in the post aNo Child Left Behinda era make this no laughing matter. aThis book is dynamite! The nice personal voice makes it utterly accessible and enticing, wholly apart from the terribly important ammunition it provides to those of us in the `testing warsa at national and local levels.aaJonathan Kozol, author of Savage Inequities... 163a164 Trend Tests in, 165a173, 182a183 work schedule in, 171a172 Practice Papers in fourth grade reading test on ... on validity of samples, 147 Qualifying tests for scorers, 231a232 for eighth grade writing test on something of importance, ... 82a83 Range-finding, 98a119 compared to scoring work, 99 differences of opinions in, 239 for fourth grade reading ... 45, 49 for NAEP 1998 writing assessment, 107a119 for fourth grade essays on favorite objects, 109a 119 predictions ofanbsp;...
|Title||:||Making the Grades|
|Publisher||:||Berrett-Koehler Publishers - 2011-01-01|