The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better by Daniel Koretz

By Daniel Koretz


For a long time we’ve been learning, experimenting with, and wrangling over diverse techniques to bettering public schooling, and there’s nonetheless little consensus on what works, and what to do. the single factor humans appear to agree on, despite the fact that, is that faculties have to be held accountable—we want to know no matter if what they’re doing is really operating. yet what does that suggest in practice?


High-stakes assessments. plenty of them. And that has turn into a tremendous challenge. Daniel Koretz, one of many nation’s superior specialists on academic trying out, argues in The trying out Charade that the full concept of test-based responsibility has failed—it has more and more turn into an result in itself, harming scholars and corrupting the very beliefs of educating. during this strong polemic, outfitted on unimpeachable proof and rooted in a long time of expertise with academic trying out, Koretz calls out high-stakes checking out as a sham, a fake idol that's ripe for manipulation and exhibits little proof of resulting in academic development. instead of developing incentives to divert tutorial time to unnecessary attempt prep, he argues, we have to degree what issues, and degree it in a number of ways—not simply through standardized tests.

Right now, we’re mendacity to ourselves approximately even if our kids are studying. And the longer we settle for that lie, the extra harm we do. It’s time to finish our blind reliance on high-stakes assessments. With The checking out Charade, Daniel Koretz insists that we are facing the evidence and alter path, and he supplies us a blueprint for doing better.


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