January 30th, 2007

Podcast - High Stakes Testing

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George Madaus, testing analyst of over 30 years, gives his insights into the defects of testing practices and how they play out in the classroom.

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After listening to this podcast I have immediately changed my views on highbstakes testing. George Madaus sheds an interesting and realistic light on the realities of testing. He states that one of the missing factors in all of these high stakes testing is teacher judgement. I could not agree with him more in that aspect of testing. The teacher is the one who is with the students day in and day out and their input is never considered when we judge these students based on a single test. Which brings up the other point that really struck me as interesting, we only take one test and create an assumption on a student based on that one test. George Madaus compares test scores to medical tests. He says we would not get surgery based on one test be diagnosed with high blood pressure based on one te

After listening to this podcast I have immediately changed my views on high stakes testing. George Madaus sheds an interesting and realistic light on the realities of testing. He states that one of the missing factors in all of these high stakes testing is teacher judgement. I could not agree with him more in that aspect of testing. The teacher is the one who is with the students day in and day out and their input is never considered when we judge these students based on a single test. Which brings up the other point that
really struck me as interesting, we only take one test and create an assumption on a
student based on that one test. George Madaus compares test scores to medical tests. He says we would not get surgery based on one test or be diagnosed with high blood
pressure based on one test, we would get other opinions. I believe this needsbto be done with education as well. This podcast was very interesting as well as eye opening.




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