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Assessment Issues in School Counseling - Chapter Summary
This chapter covers some of the concerns that accompany assessment testing in the classroom. The lessons give you an overview of the cultural and language bias that can find its way into these tests, their use or misuse, and whether or not high-stakes assessment tests are an accurate measurement of student achievement. These lessons will help you to:
- Examine high-stakes testing for problems or accountability issues
- Identify and explain bias in assessment testing
- Understand how assessments may or may not be properly used in the classroom
- Define and discuss ecological and special education assessments
This study guide offers a number of convenient features designed to enable you to move through the chapter with minimal repetition, and still achieve maximum results. The lessons are short, lasting about five minutes, yet they are interesting and informative. Well-written and presented by expert instructors, they provide you with valuable and reliable information. Quizzes and a chapter test enable you to measure your progress and mastery, and the dashboard provides a convenient means of staying on track.
1. High-Stakes Testing: Accountability and Problems
Do high test scores equal high achievement? Many politicians and educational reformers think the answer is yes. High-stakes standardized testing has become commonplace in American schools. This lesson will define high-stakes testing and accountability and present problems associated with these types of tests.
2. Testing Bias, Cultural Bias & Language Differences in Assessments
Assessments are used to gain useful information about test-takers' knowledge, skills and progress. Sometimes, however, the results of these assessments are incorrect due to biases. This lesson will differentiate and discuss types of testing bias and differences among test-takers that may lead to testing bias.
3. Use and Misuse of Assessments in the Classroom
Assessments are excellent tools in the classroom. Used properly, they provide invaluable information about student knowledge and progress. However, if misused, assessments can misrepresent the actual knowledge and learning taking place in the classroom. This lesson will discuss the use and misuse of standardized assessments.
4. Special Education and Ecological Assessments
An ecological assessment is one type of assessment that is used to help students that have special needs. In this lesson, we discuss ecological assessments, what they entail, and how they are used.
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