[See also the "VAM - Value-Added Methodologies" page]

P.L. Thomas, "What Happened to Scientifically Based Research in Ed Policy?", Washington Post's "Answer Sheet", Sept. 2013. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/09/15/what-happened-to-scientifically-based-research-in-ed-policy/

Peter Greene, "Objectivity is a Unicorn," Curmudgucation blog, Aug. 2014.

Vermont State Board of Education, "Statement and Resolution on Assessment and Accountability," Vermont Dept. of Education, Aug. 2014. [link to pdf file]


W. James Popham, "Why Standardized Tests Don't Measure Educational Quality," from ASCD's Educational Leadership magazine, March 1999.
An exceptional and in-depth look at the dangers of misusing tests.

Valerie Strauss, "Obama expands use of standardized tests for special-needs and American Indian students," Answer Sheet column in the
Washington Post, Jun. 2014.

Matt DiCarlo, "So Many Purposes, So Few Tests," August 2013.
"...using the same assessment to measure both student and teacher performance often contaminates the results for both purposes."

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John Chase, "PISA Envy," Wag the Dog blog, Jul. 2014.

John Chase, "Performance Standards," Wag the Dog blog, Jun. 2014.

"Published on Dec 3, 2012: Oklahoma State University
Provost Bob Sternberg developed his first intelligence
test in seventh grade and since then has become one
of the top 100 psychologists of the 20th century. His talk
discusses the faults in standardized testing and the new
needs of today's generation."

R. James Milgram, "Problems With MAP Assessments and Consequences" [link opens pdf file]

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Alan Singer, "What Do the Tests Test?" on Huffington Post, April 2013.
Short answer: socio-economic status.

Luba Vangelova, "America's Toxic Culture of Testing," on Salon, Sept. 2013.
Subtitle: "Our country's testing obsession benefits corporations, not kids. And it's getting worse."

Jim Horn and Denise Willburn, "Case study: The false promise of value-added teacher assessment," on Valerie Strauss' Answer Sheet, Washington Post, Oct. 2013.

Sandra Bowman, Assessment Overload: The Hidden Costs of Standardized Testing - a three part series, The Island Packet (Hilton Head Island, SC), Mar. - Apr. 2014.
Part 1: "Standardized testing causes big time collateral damage"
Part 2: "Number of standardized tests public-school students take exploded in past decade"
Part 3: "How to fix the testing problem"

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Meme found on Twitter, Sep. 2014.