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Document Number: 5388

A New Vision of Authentic Assessment To Overcome the Flaws in High Stakes Testing - While acknowledging the disparity between suburban and urban/rural schools in quality of instruction and other factors before the standards and assessment movement of the 1990s, the author suggests the movement “can also reinforce and amplify the current inequities that pervade public education.” He presents a literature review questioning the fairness, validity and reliability of assessments and assessment-based accountability systems, and cites examples in which such systems have narrowed the curriculum. He also questions what the public desires for the public school system, and proposes “a new vision of assessment” in which local assessments serve a diagnostic purpose. (Dan French, Middle School Journal, National Middle School Association, September 2003)...

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