Volatility in School Test Scores : Implications for Test-Based Accountability Systems

  title={Volatility in School Test Scores : Implications for Test-Based Accountability Systems},
  author={Douglas O. Staiger},
B y the spring of 2000, forty states had begun using student test scores to rate school performance. Twenty states have gone a step further and are attaching explicit monetary rewards or sanctions to a school's test performance. For example, California planned to spend $677 million on teacher incentives in 2001, providing bonuses of up to $25,000 to teachers in schools with the largest test score gains. We highlight an under-appreciated weakness of school accountability systems—the volatility… CONTINUE READING
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