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The Influence of Testing on the Curriculum


by George F. Madaus 1999

Garrison Keillor's amusing vignette from Lake Wobegon Days illustrates what this chapter is about. It is about the effects of testing on the curriculum, teaching, and learning. Its thesis is that testing is fast usurping the role of the curriculum as the mechanism of defining what schooling is about in this country. In recent years, it seems that the aims of education, the business of our schools, and the goals of educational reform are addressed not so much in terms of curriculum--the courses of study that are followed--as they are in terms of standardized tests. It is testing, not the "official" stated curriculum, that is increasingly determining what is taught, how it is taught, what is learned, and how it is learned.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 98, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 100 Number 6, 1999, p. 83-121
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18752, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 7:21:56 AM

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