The Enigma of High-Stakes Testing in Science

A Science Education eBook by Jack Hassard

High-stakes testing should not be used for punishing or putting sanctions on schools, nor used to determine students’ grades or whether they should be promoted, or graduate.  High-stakes testing as the measure of student learning, or teacher effectiveness should be banned.

The Enigma of High-Stakes Testing in Science is a new eBook published by the Art of Teaching Science Weblog, and made available for free.  This eBook is based on blog posts that were written over the past few months.

Research evidence is provided throughout the 21 articles that are presented here, and organized into five parts.  The intent is to provide information that others can use to raise questions about why we continue this practice of bring such pressure to bear on the entire education system.  As I show in the pages that follow, there is little evidence to support using high-stakes testing will improve student achievement, or improve America’s economy.

The eBook contains text, graphics, movies, and links to all the references and sites that are part of the High-Stakes Movement.

The content of the eBook is organized into the following parts:

  • Part 1. Is High-Stakes Testing an Enigma?
  • Part 2. Are We Racing to Nowhere?
  • Part 3. Why Are We Centralizing Standards and Testing in America?
  • Part 4. What Are The Misconceptions About Achievement Testing?
  • Part 5. Who and What Was Responsible for the High-Stakes Cheating Scandal in Atlanta?


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