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When society and policy makers demand higher test scores in attempts to improve schooling, it gives the implication that students, teachers, and administrators aren’t trying hard enough. When a new testing plan like performance assessment is introduced it often diverts attention from all the problems associated with old testing plans. Things that are unlikely to improve with performance assessment like conflicting curricular expectations, inadequate teacher preparation, inadequate teaching materials and facilities, and the changing demography of the student population are set aside to focus on this new plan that is to be implemented. Policy makers are able to give the illusion that they have dealt with these problems (which often take a lot of time and cost a lot of money) by introducing a new test which costs next to nothing. “Any test perceived as “high stakes” has the potential to narrow the curriculum and bend classroom instruction toward demonstrating knowledge in the particular form the test
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course PSYCH 356 taught by Professor Scott(firstname) during the Fall '07 term at University of Michigan.

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