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WHY TESTS ARE NECESSARY
WELL-MADE TESTS
TYPES AND USES OF ACHIEVEMENT TESTS
PREPARING STANDARDIZED ACHIEVEMENT TESTS
TESTS AS INCENTIVES
PREVENTING TEST FRAUD
STANDARDS AND TESTING
USING TESTS TO RAISE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
INDEX
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Tests, Testing, and Genuine School Reform by Herbert J. Walberg

Tests, Testing, and Genuine School Reform by Herbert J. Walberg

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The pressing need to improve achievement in American schools is widely recognized. In Tests, Testing, and Genuine School Reform, Herbert J. Walberg draws on scientific studies of tests and their uses to inform citizens, educators, and policy makers about well-established principles of testing, current problems, and promising evidence-based solutions. He explains the central considerations in developing and evaluating good tests and tells how tests can best be used, covering such topics as using tests for student incentives, paying teachers for performance, and using tests in efforts to attain new state and national standards.

To minimize mistaken policies and practices, the book also describes testing technology to enable readers to evaluate and make better use of tests. And because valid tests cannot be developed without clear, specific standards, one chapter is devoted to discussing standards and how they should determine the plans and development of tests and testing. In view of the continuing technical and political problems of tests and testing, the last chapter argues that, for accountability, to improve tests and testing, and to prevent fraud, the development, administration, scoring, and reporting test results should be conducted independent of traditional school authorities.

Herbert J. Walberg is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a project investigator at the Vanderbilt University National Center on School Choice. Renowned throughout the world for his expertise on education policy and practice, he has written and edited more than sixty-five books and has written some 350 articles on education and exceptional human accomplishments.
The pressing need to improve achievement in American schools is widely recognized. In Tests, Testing, and Genuine School Reform, Herbert J. Walberg draws on scientific studies of tests and their uses to inform citizens, educators, and policy makers about well-established principles of testing, current problems, and promising evidence-based solutions. He explains the central considerations in developing and evaluating good tests and tells how tests can best be used, covering such topics as using tests for student incentives, paying teachers for performance, and using tests in efforts to attain new state and national standards.

To minimize mistaken policies and practices, the book also describes testing technology to enable readers to evaluate and make better use of tests. And because valid tests cannot be developed without clear, specific standards, one chapter is devoted to discussing standards and how they should determine the plans and development of tests and testing. In view of the continuing technical and political problems of tests and testing, the last chapter argues that, for accountability, to improve tests and testing, and to prevent fraud, the development, administration, scoring, and reporting test results should be conducted independent of traditional school authorities.

Herbert J. Walberg is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a project investigator at the Vanderbilt University National Center on School Choice. Renowned throughout the world for his expertise on education policy and practice, he has written and edited more than sixty-five books and has written some 350 articles on education and exceptional human accomplishments.

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Publish date: May 21, 2011
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Standardised tests are important.The current performance gap of schools are mainly due to (1) Lack Of Value Education (2)Strong Career Guidance and incentive to learn (3) Weak Family values and moral distractions(4) Insipid Class rooms (5)"Robotic" Teachers and (6) Lack of a genuine interest of the schools to help student in his progress/problems.
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