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Beyond Test Scores

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This essay is based on Beyond Test Scores: Taking the big-picture view of student success. By Kevin Bushweller in the American School Board Journal. Backup. Link added March 26, 2002.
"People tend to be very uncritical about data and where they come from," says Haney, who is director of the Center for the Study of Testing at Boston College. "When they're faced with a complexity of data, they end up focusing in on one or two or, at most, three variables. And most people almost always rely primarily on test scores."

Good article. Easily understood language. Addresses the dilemma of reifying test scores. Many of you who are interested in teaching careers should consider this issue. Sociologists have much to do in helping the lay public understand what test scores can and cannot measure.