A Beginner's Guide to Research Behind Ineffective Assessment

LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS: It seems these days that every article railing against standardized testing inevitably includes the phrase "study after study" when referring to the ineffectiveness of never-ending multiple choice testing, but where are the studies? It's quite easy to blindly accept their existence with the never-ending stream of complaints and anecdotes heard throughout the education community, but sometimes you have to put a face to the facts. Accordingly, we've compiled a few freely available research papers exploring different themes around assessment and success. Some with paid-access didn't make the list; others we've surely missed so please do suggest anything you've come across. Warning! Academic reading can be dangerous so proceed with your brain's own risk.

Challenging Standardized tests as predictors of success:
Brown, Richard S., and David T. Conley. "Comparing state high school assessments to standards for success in entry-level university courses."Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. 12.2 (2007): 137-160.f

On improving schools through assessment:
Stiggins, Richard J. "Assessment, student confidence, and school success."Phi Delta Kappan (1999): 191-198.

Implications of Achievement vs. Aptitude Testing:
Popham, W. James. "Why standardized tests don't measure educational quality." Educational Leadership 56 (1999): 8-16.

Looking backward and forward at the design of K-12 assessments:
Wolf, Dennie, et al. "To use their minds well: Investigating new forms of student assessment." Review of research in education 17 (1991): 31-74.

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