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Alignment, High Stakes, and the Inflation of Test Scores


by Daniel Koretz ó 2005

For several decades, some measurement experts have warned that high-stakes testing could lead to inappropriate forms of test preparation and score inflation, which we define as a gain in scores that substantially overstates the improvement in learning it implies (e.g., Koretz, 1988; Linn & Dunbar, 1990; Madaus, 1988; Shepard, 1988).


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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. 99-118
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18626, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 10:23:24 PM

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  • Daniel Koretz
    Harvard University
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    DANIEL KORETZ is a Professor of Education at Harvardís Graduate School of Education and an Associate Director of the Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).
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