Standardized Achievement Tests
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Chapter 9 of your course text discusses standardized assessments and
explains the difference in the types of standardized assessments. It is
important to understand that assessments are standardized when “the same
procedures are used every time the test is given” (Howard, V. F., &
Aiken, E., 2015, p. 331). Developing the understanding that there are
many types of standardized assessments, such as screeners and diagnostic
assessments covered in the previous weeks of class, is equally
important. Another type of standardized assessment, and one that is
hotly debated in education today, is achievement testing. Specifically,
achievement testing “is used to measure children’s progress and compare
it to other children of the same age” (Howard, V. F., & Aiken, E.,
2015, p. 331). It is this type of standardized assessment that is our
focus for this first discussion post.
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Please note the citations were not cited correctly in the discussion
prompt. Below are the correct citations for the citations in the
It is important to understand that assessments are standardized when
“the same procedures are used every time the test is given” (Howard
& Aiken 2015, Section 9.1, para. 1).
Specifically, achievement testing “is used to measure children’s
progress and compare it to other children of the same age” ((Howard, V.
F., & Aiken, E., 2015, p. 331)).(Howard & Aiken 2015, Section
9.1, para. 3).
To prepare for this discussion, read the “Something’s wrong with both standardized tests and the ‘Opt-Out’ movement (Links to an external site.)” article. Include the following in your initial post. See my expectations for each question below:
1. Explain, in your own words, what standardized testing is and how
it is different from achievement testing(at least one para.)
2. Compare and contrast how the different types standardized testing
differs from the other forms of assessment discussed throughout this
course. Provide specific examples and support your points with
information from the course text(at least 1-2 para.)
3. Defend one of the quotes below from the article Something’s wrong with both standardized tests and the ‘Opt-Out’ movement (Links to an external site.).
Explain why you support or agree with the quote and provide specific
details as to why. Support this portion of your post with the text and
at least one scholarly resource. (one para.)
Option One: “Federally mandated standardized testing
was born from a desire to guarantee the right to individuality and
autonomy across socio-economic bounds.” – Jordan Shapiro
- Option Two: “When seen from a desk of a federal bureaucrat, standardized tests make more children stand out.” –Jordan Shapiro
Option Three: “When seen from the desk-chair of a
classroom pupil, children are robbed of the individuality that comes
from differentiated instruction.” – Jordan Shapiro
- Option One: “Federally mandated standardized testing
4. Propose a solution to the standardized achievement testing debate.
How do you feel children should be assessed in both early childhood and
beyond? Provide a rationale for your solution. (at least one para.)
Note: Make sure you cite relevant course content to support your
ideas and the article per APA format. I am looking for evidence of
weekly relevant course content learning in your posting.