Time on Task and Positive Learning Environment More Effective Than High-Stakes Testing


In a recent blog post for Oxford University Press, Jaekung Lee reiterates what many educators have already concluded: the educational gains from high-stakes are marginal and have unintended negative consequences on the learning environment. Lee suggests effective instruction time and increased engagement might provide part of the solution.

“Let’s take a pop quiz on the ongoing debate over high-stakes testing, an issue that is nothing less emotional than the way our schools teach our children. First questions, then answers:”

“Does high-stakes testing improve education? Does it lead to better teaching and learning? Do countries with high-performing schools rely on it? Does it help narrow the achievement gaps among different racial and socioeconomic groups of students?”

“Here’s the correct answer: No. None of the above. Absolutely not.” Article continued…

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