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Test the Instruction, Not the Kids


by Dick Schutz — May 25, 2011

Diane Ravitch’s (2010) critique of the standardized achievement testing apparatus has not been refuted, but it has been criticized for failing to present an alternative. Likewise, proponents of standardized achievement testing, although conceding, “it has its flaws,” respond “there is no better way.” This commentary sketches a Plan B alternative that is supported by contemporary events and by Educational R&D resulting from the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 25, 2011
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16425, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 12:25:31 AM

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  • Dick Schutz
    3RsPlus, Inc.
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    DICK SCHUTZ is President of 3RsPlus, Inc., a firm conducting R&D and constructing educational products. He was formerly Professor of Educational Psychology at Arizona State University and Executive Director of the Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development. He has served as the founding editor of the Journal of Educational Measurement, the founding journal editor of the Educational Researcher, and editor of the American Educational Research Journal. His recent technical papers can be accessed from the Social Science Research Network http://ssrn.com/author=1199505.
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