The Testing Trap

The Testing Trap

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Do statewide assessments really do what they are supposed to do? Through interviews with over three hundred teachers and administrators, Hillocks examines whether state writing tests in Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, New York, and Texas actually improve students' ability to express their thinking in writing. Ultimately, Hillocks argues that the majority of existing tests actually have a harmful effect on the way students are taught to write. In addition to providing analyses of assessments that do not encourage good writing, The Testing Trap contrasts them to those that do. Concluding with practical procedures for examining and evaluating writing assessments, this book is a provocative and essential read for administrators, teachers, policymakers, parents, and all who care about the education of our children.I am told by state officials that the essay was removed from Write On, Illinois! ... It is ironic that the essay in Figure 7.2 is a brilliant piece of writing that cannot be categorized as persuasive, nor as expository or narrative ... The scorers and those who put the book together recognized the five-paragraph form, but they apparently missed the satire. ... Presumably, then, out of these restrictions of time, writing theory, and content, the kind of assessments (prompts and scoring rubrics ) are born.

Title:The Testing Trap
Author:George Hillocks
Publisher:Teachers College Press - 2002-01


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