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Document Number: 1577

High Stakes: Testing for Tracking, Promotion and Graduation MS Word - To ensure high-stakes education tests are used fairly and properly, Congress asked the National Research Council to conduct a study and make recommendations regarding use of such tests. A committee looked at how high-stakes tests are used, why students perform in certain ways, and whether placement or other decisions resulting from such tests are appropriate. It recommended that policymakers keep four principles of appropriate test use in mind: (1) use the right test for the right purpose; (2) remember tests are not perfect; (3)don't use a test as the only determinant of a major decision; and (4) don't justify bad decisions with a test score or any other kind of information. (National Research Council, 1999)...

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