The Testing Trap: How State Writing Assessments Control Learning (Language and Literacy Series) by George Hillocks, Miles Myers

The Testing Trap: How State Writing Assessments Control Learning (Language and Literacy Series) download
Book Title:
The Testing Trap: How State Writing Assessments Control Learning (Language and Literacy Series)
Book Author:
George Hillocks, Miles Myers
ISBN10:
0807742309
ISBN13:
978-0807742303
Format:
pdf / fb2 / epub / Djvu
Category:
Education & Teaching
Language:
English
ePub vers. size:
1890 kb
PDF vers. size:
1534 kb
Hardly a day goes by in America without talk of testing students to higher standards as a means to improve our education system. In The Testing Trap, George Hillocks puts this logic to the test. Through interviews with over three hundred teachers and administrators, Hillocks examines whether state writing tests in Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, New York, and Texas do what they are supposed to do: Improve education. Ultimately, Hillocks argues that the majority of existing tests actually have a harmful effect on the way students are taught to write. In The Testing Trap, Hillocks demonstrates how the structure of assessment is actually responsible for the low level of thinking encouraged and reinforced in American classrooms. It is his contention that although politicians call for excellence, the tests that they create, and the formulaic writing they accept as passing, actually point to mediocrity as their true aim. In this way, political objectives are easily achieved but our children suffer the consequences. The Testing Trap is a provocative and essential read for administrators, teachers, parents, policymakers, legislators, voters, and all who care about the education of our children.

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