Monday, May 01, 2006

High Stakes Testing - More dropouts?

A new study coauthored by respected educational researcher David Berliner, indicates
Three Key Findings:

1. States with greater proportions of minority students tend to implement accountability systems that exert greater pressure.
2. Increased testing pressure is related to increased retention and dropout rates.
3. NAEP reading scores at the fourth- and eighth-grade levels were not improved as a result of increased testing pressure.

Standardized testing has a place, but as time goes on, this period in American educational history will be best remembered not for what schools GAINED during this period, but for what students had to give up.

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