When stakes in testing get too high a lot can go wrong

Published in:  Education, Tests and Assessments

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

Interesting review of the recently published book “The Testing charade” by Daniel Koretz PhD, Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Regular testing benefits the learning process, he says, in this sense it is “a means to give formative assessment”. But it should be a part of a larger, more holistic approach to education, without the high stakes, which can lead to grade inflation, paying less attention to subjects that are not being tested (ie. less learning) and sometimes to outright fraud.