Benefits of the research… -Changes in schools’ grading policy -Changes to teachers’ incentive system -Help create new policies regarding assessments
History of High Stakes Testing… -In the 1980s, the U.S. education system were deemed “ at risk ” of failure
-To counter this, lawmakers started transforming the schools’ system with high stakes testing playing a major role
Pros of High Stakes Testing 1. Quality of American education can be greatly improved by a system of rewards and sanctions that results from students’ test performance
Cons of High Stakes Testing <ul><li>Tests put pressure on the students </li></ul><ul><li>Bad instructional practice because teachers are pressure to have high scores </li></ul>
2. The effects of high stakes testing threaten the validity of test scores, but also lead to “perverse” and “corrupt” educational practice
What influence high stake testing? No Child Left Behind Law , passed in 2002
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) -States must have a set of academic standards -Assessments to monitor the progress of students to meet those set of standards
-Schools must report to the states these assessment’s scores divide into different categories and sub groups (ethnicity, economic background, etc.)
-States must create a rating system on the schools base on the data they sent about the students’ scores
- States must create a plan (Adequate Yearly Progress or AYP) that would ensure 100 percent of its students will reach academic proficiency by the year 2014–2015
- States must come up with a system of accountability that includes rewards and sanctions to schools, educators, and students that are tied to whether they meet state’s goals outlined in the AYP plan.
Research Report -I decided to do a little research about this topic. Since my school does a lot of mock TAKS testing days. I decided to examine students’ score over time.
Findings -No significant changes in students’ progress -Scores were consistent
Conclusion High stakes testing does not improve or hinder students’ progress.
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