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Consequential Validity and the Transformation of Tests from Measurement Tools to Policy Tools

by Kevin G. Welner
Assessment use has switched from measurement tools to policy levers. Meaning is created by use, and the intense push for test-based accountability and teacher evaluation policies in the U.S. has fundamentally changed the nature of test use. The core meaning of testing has accordingly been qualitatively changed, and serious policy attention to issues of consequential validity counsels against use of tests to drive policy unless, and until, the results that process itself have been validated for their furtherance of recognized goals.
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Trusting Our Judgment: Measurement and Accountability for Educational Outcomes

by David Steiner
This article considers the value of the national move toward value-added measures and our current fascination with objective measurements a fascination that stems from our collective distrust of our teachers and ourselves, and our reluctance to make judgments about the substantive narratives we teach students.
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Book Reviews
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Bridging Between Research and Practice: Supporting Professional Development Through Collaborative Studies of Classroom Teaching with Technology

by Sara Hennessy
reviewed by Christine Mallinson & May F. Chung


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Education and International Development: Theory, Practice and Issues

by Clive Harber
reviewed by John Weidman


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Processing Inaccurate Information: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives from Cognitive Science and the Educational Sciences

by David N. Rapp & Jason L.G. Braasch (Eds.)
reviewed by Scott C. Marley


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Those Good Gertrudes: A Social History of Women Teachers in America

by Geraldine J. Clifford
reviewed by Doris A. Santoro


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Inspiring Teaching: Preparing Teachers to Succeed in Mission-Driven Schools

by Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Eran Tamir, & Karen Hammerness (Eds.)
reviewed by Wendy Gardiner



Education researcher Kadriye Ercikan discusses her co-authored paper, Cautions About Inferences From International Assessments: The Case of PISA 2009. Watch and discuss this episode of The Voice on Vialogues.

Commentary

The Harms of Excessive School Punishment

by Aaron Kupchik
This commentary reflects on the detrimental effects of excessive school security policies.
Editorial

Annual Yearbooks for 2015

by Gary Natriello
The editors of the Teachers College Record are pleased to announce the Annual Yearbooks for 2015.


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