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Emily Blum November 16, 2006 Research Critique High-Stakes Testing: Can Rapid Assessment Reduce the Pressure? Problem Statement The problem statement and an in-depth background on the initial purpose for this study  was very well organized by explaining that the reason for their interviews was so that once the  researchers had a decent understanding of how teachers change their instruction in response to  testing results. The purpose of this research is shown when we are told that with the researchers’  new understanding, researchers can then better comprehend how these changes in instruction  impact the school’s curriculum and all aspects relating to student’s engagement in the classroom.  Researchers use past studies to help give reason as to why these answers might pose useful;  through   past  studies,   researchers   have  learned   that  teachers   and   administration   experience  negative affects toward teaching and learning processes, possibly due to both high stakes and  pressure for the test scores to rise. The tone of the article is set in the format the researchers  chose and shown through clear explanations that are understandable. The format chosen also  helps to show which individual sections the researchers found to be of differing importance; the  start with introducing the readers to the issue that they are focusing on and continuing to  informing readers of other studies and test programs leading up to the present study at hand. A 
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