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Tests, Testing, and Genuine School Reform

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Herbert J. Walberg is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a project investigator at the Vanderbilt University National Center on School Choice. Renowned throughout the world for his expertise on education policy and practice, he has written and edited more than sixty-five books and has written some 350 articles on education and exceptional human accomplishments.


"Although common sense might suggest that students would be intimidated or anxious about taking standardized tests, there is also strong evidence suggesting that students prefer academic rigor."--Chapter Two, pg. 14 "The setting of standards and cut scores is highly political. If left completely or largely to interested parties, namely, defensive educators who wish to avoid accountability for their accomplishments, the standards and cut scores are likely to be lax."--Chapter Five, pg. 38 "Although parents, citizens, and legislators strongly support tests and testing and want to see bigger consequences for excellence and failure, educators, particularly professors in schools of education where the teachers and administrators are trained, are uninformed about tests, lack basic testing expertise, and are largely against them."--Chapter One, pg. 9

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