Removal of Standardized Testing

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Books

Making the Grades: My Misadventures in the Standardized Testing Industry** by Farley, Todd. 2009.

  • The author's journey working in the testing industry showcases how ridiculous, inaccurate, and manipulative testing is and how it should not ever be used for assessment.

How Children Succeed**. Tough, Paul. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. 2012.

  • A detailed argument surrounding how intelligence should be assessed through "soft skills" rather than traditional grading and testing.

Research

The Effect of High-Stakes Testing on Student Motivation and Learning. Amrein, Audrey. Berliner, David. Educational Leadership. 2003.

  • Study shows that high-stakes testing has made no improvement to students' learning, actually demotivating and hurting outcomes.

The Impact of a Junior High School Community Intervention Project: Moving Beyond the Testing Juggernaut and Into a Community of Creative Learners. Nelson, Larry, McMahan, Sarah, & Torres, Tacia. School Community Journal. 2012.

  • Demonstrates how bringing in the surrounding community can increase morale, relationships, and lower absence rates. Overall, community involvement showed drastic increases in a measurement of "school culture" - which was adverse to the demands of standardized testing.

High-Stakes Testing and Student Achievement: Problems for the No Child Left Behind Act. Nichols, Sharon. Glass, Gene. Berliner, David. The Great Lakes Center for Education Research & Practice. 2005.

  • High-stakes testing is shown to have absolutely no effect on student learning and study concludes that this style of testing should be removed.

The Impact of High-stakes Testing on the Learning Environment. Ritt, Maddolyn. School of Social Work. 2016.

  • Standardized testing is linked to the over-testing of ELL students, teachers losing relationships with their students, and a narrowing / loss of the curriculum for multiple subjects.

The Experience of Education: The impacts of high stakes testing on school students and their families. Wyn, Johanna. Turnbull, Malcolm. Grimshaw, Lyndall. Whitlam Institute. 2014.

  • Educational study from Australian state standardized testing (similar to the US) that concludes that high stakes testing is not for the best interests of children.

Articles

The Testing Culture and the Persistence of High Stakes Testing Reforms. Moses, Michele. Nanna, Michael. Education and Culture. 2007.

  • Argument against the "high stakes testing culture" and its dangers to the educational curricula.

The Development and Impact of High Stakes Testing**. Natriello, Gary. Pallas, Aaron. 1999.

  • A history of high stakes testing in the United States which calls for a movement away from standardized testing as there is plausible research that shows ethnic and gender demotivation casual links to academic struggles on these tests.