Statewide Assessments Really Do What They Are Supposed To Do Through Interviews With OverTeachers And Administrators, Hillocks Examines Whether State Writing Tests In Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, New York, And Texas Actually Improve Students Ability To Express Their Thinking In Writing Ultimately, Hillocks Argues That The Majority Of Existing Tests Actually Have A Harmful Effect On The Way Students Are Taught To WriteIn Addition To Providing Analyses Of Assessments That Do Not Encourage Good Writing, [George Hillocks] Ê The Testing Trap: How State Writing Assessments Control Learning (Language and Literacy Series (Teachers College Pr)) [wonder-woman PDF] read Online é The Testing Trap Contrasts Them With Those That Do Concluding With Practical Procedures For Examining And Evaluating Writing Assessments, This Book Is A Provocative And Essential read For Administrators, Teachers, Policymakers, Parents, And All Who Care About The Education Of Our Children George Hillocks analyzes the writing assessments in five different states Illinois, Texas, New York, Oregon, and Kentucky For each state, he examines the actual writing test requirements, prompts, rubrics, and example papers then he interviews teachers and administrators to get their responses to the tests It s actually like science This is far and away the most rigorous education book I ve read It reads like science, which makes it a bit slower, but there s significantly less rhetoric and emotion than I usually see It s a very narrow focus the quality of writing assessments and their effects on teaching in the five states examined. Some interesting parts Illinois and Texas had exams that were very formulaic, and that was reflected in the teaching Kids in high schools were taught the five paragraph essay at the expense of all other kinds of writing Freshmen English professors a
Okay, so this book was for my Assessment class at Bridgewater State, but it explains why I haven t been reading as much, doesn t it This author set about interviewing 300 teachers across 5 states, New York, Illinois, Texas, Oregon and Kentucky, to ask them about their high stakes tests and how they have impacted what is being taught in the classroom His negative opinion on the blether being produced in today s large scale writing assessments pervades his work. Packed with information about writing assessments, analyzing both the tests themselves and teacher s responses to the text, but written for aacademic audience Also, since the book is about 10 years old, it s not clear how the tests have changed over that time.
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