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A Historical Perspective on Validity Arguments for Accountability Testing


by Edward Haertel & Joan L. Herman — 2005

In this chapter, we describe various rationales for accountability testing programs over the past century. This history forms the backdrop for current test-driven reforms, including Public Law 107-110, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), which was signed into law in January 2002.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 104, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 14, 2005, p. 1-34
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18616, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 1:25:46 AM

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  • Edward Haertel
    Stanford University
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    EDWARD HAERTEL is a Professor of Education in the School of Education at Stanford University.
  • Joan Herman
    Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)
    JOAN HERMAN is the Co-director of the Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) and the UCLA Center for the Study of Evaluation.
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