Fred Smith and Robin Jacobowitz published a paper analyzing the tests that students in New York are required to take. Their conclusion is devastating.
They examine the quality of the tests, not just the scores of the students. And they conclude that the tests are inaccurate, unintelligible, and indechipherable.
Taxpayers are spending millions of dollars for flawed instruments that harm students and corrupt education.
Questions are not only flawed but developmentally inappropriate for the children to whom they are administered.
Expanding the testing time did not fix the inherent problems.
Smith and Jacobowitz conclude:
Our boldest conclusions tie together important aspects of the testing story: children upset and dumbstruck
by the exams, especially the youngest ones; unhappy parents whose views were disparaged; SED’s suppression of data needed by the public, especially parents to stay informed and make intelligent decisions about their children’s education; the surge in zero scores and omissions…
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