Limitations in the Use of Achievement Tests as Measures of Educators ’ Productivity

@inproceedings{Koretz2002LimitationsIT,
  title={Limitations in the Use of Achievement Tests as Measures of Educators ’ Productivity},
  author={Daniel M. Koretz},
  year={2002}
}
Test-based accountability rests on the assumption that accountability for scores on tests will provide needed incentives for teachers to improve student performance. Evidence shows, however, that simple test-based accountability can generate perverse incentives and seriously inflated scores. This paper discusses the logic of achievement tests, issues that arise in using them as proxy indicators of educational quality, and the mechanism underlying the inflation of scores. It ends with… CONTINUE READING
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