2002 Testing and Assessment Archive
Right Task, Wrong Tool
Most Americans, and that includes school board members, believe the best way to evaluate a school is to see how well its students perform on a standardized achievement test. Despite the pervasiveness of this belief, however, it is quite wrong.
A Measure of Knowledge
Tests can tell us what students know, but they have their limits. Standardized tests have become so important in recent years that we clearly need to understand them better. These tests have their good side and their bad. In American education's standardized testing culture, the better we understand these tests, the better we'll be able to use them and the information they give us.