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Feature: The Pitfalls of Standardized Testing

By Paul DeVries, M.A.Ed., CHE, CSW, FMP, Johnson & Wales University

Research shows no clear evidence that standardized tests are a credible measure of academic achievement or intellectual capacity. So why do we still use them?

The problem of effective student evaluation has plagued educators for years. I’m not talking about a cursory glance, but meaningful assessment that provides us with a tangible reflection that genuine student learning was achieved. We probably all have a variety of evaluation mediums, but are we really assessing if our students have learned, or simply following course objectives by ensuring that students will “know”?

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