Supovitz, J. (2010). Is high-stakes testing working? @PennGSE: A Review of Research, 7(2), 1-8.
The purpose of this paper is to review evidence on high-stakes testing in the United States. Supovitz begins by highlighting theories that support a focus on high-stakes testing, the shift towards standardized tests to demonstrate student performance, and No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Next, Supovitz briefly describes the effects of high-stakes testing on education and finds that although this focus has led to alignment of curriculum, standards, and assessment, the increase in standardized tests has also led to a narrower curriculum and more focus on test prep at the classroom level. Supovitz concludes by discussing next steps to better support teachers and students including better information about student understanding and a more balanced assessment system.
Balanced Assessment System