Henry Braun of Boston College concludes that the rich data generated by international large-scale assessments, in conjunction with other relevant evidence, provide unique insights that can challenge unmerited complacency and establish worthy benchmarks for educators and policymakers to aim for.
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April 14, 2014
April 11, 2014
The horse-race mentality dominates the conversation about international large scale assessments (ILSAs). However, the assessment design of ILSAs is simply incomprehensible to the lay audience. It's time to start a conversation among the measurement experts, politicians, and the educators.
April 10, 2014
Oren Pizmony-Levy of Teachers College, Columbia University reports that in the past two decades research-oriented rationale of international large-scale assessments was replaced by a more policy-oriented rationale, one that reinforces the "horse race" discourse.
April 08, 2014
Jeff Charbonneau of Zillah High School responds to Susan Fuhrman and calls for a system that looks at the entirety of the student experience. One that uses tests as a small fraction of the whole.
April 07, 2014
Susan H. Fuhrman of Teachers College, Columbia University, recommends moving to a matrix sampling design for school accountability can provide good information on school progress without narrowing the curriculum.
April 04, 2014
Steven Ladd of Elk Grove Schools, California responds to Neal Kingston and concludes: focus on test scores detracts attention from the serious underrepresentation of low-income populations in STEM and a growing gap in income and access.
April 04, 2014
Neal Kingston of University of Kansas warns: No one test can serve multiple purposes equally well. We need to choose the most important goal for a testing program and focus on achieving it.
April 01, 2014
Michael V. McGill of Scarsdale Public Schools, New York responds to Edmund W. Gordon and emphasizes: the "science" of measurement adds value to education only when it's applied in a spirit of humility and guided by sound human judgment.
March 31, 2014
Edmund W. Gordon of The Gordon Commission calls for assessment FOR education.
March 28, 2014
Paul B. Ash of Lexington Public Schools, Massachusetts responds to Iris C. Rotberg and warns that international exams may measure student knowledge and skills on an international basis, but they were not designed to measure the factors that contributed to student success within a nation.