Testing Has Become the Reform Itself

Research demonstrates that high-stakes testing narrows the curriculum, fosters teacher-centered instruction and tends to undermine culturally relevant teaching. But perhaps the most troubling aspect of high-takes testing is the attention it draws away from enrichment, relevance and actual high standards. Testing has become the reform itself rather than simply one means of measuring achievement; it has become, in most cases, the sole measure of achievement.

Kathleen Nolan in, Police in the Hallways: Discipline in an Urban High School

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