National Educational Standards and Testing

A Response to the Recommendations of the National Council on Education Standards and Testing

by Daniel Koretz, George F. Madaus, Edward Haertel, Albert E. Beaton

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The policies for a new testing system recommended by the NCEST, while perhaps seemingly commonsensical, are unlikely to work and may have serious negative side effects. Despite their criticism of the proposed assessment system, the authors endorse the proposal to move ahead with a national debate on educational standards through a serious R&D effort. Such an effort should include serious research on the quality and effects of new performance assessments; an investigation of costs, including non-financial and indirect costs; and building of an infrastructure capable of supporting new assessment systems. An independent, non-partisan body is needed to evaluate any new standards and examinations developed through this process. (Testimony before the Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education, Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives, February 19, 1992.)

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