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WHY TESTS DON’T TEST WHAT WE THINK THEY DO

by Deborah Meier
The culture of the small schools I’ve described so far –with all its complexities and possibilities– is threatened every day by the rampant spread of standardized testing and standardized curricula in schools today. We are witnessing a radical redefinition of the task of public education, driven by the widespread belief that by focusing our attention on externally imposed tests we can both produce higher achievement and restore public trust in our schools. …
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