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Author(s): D. J. McRae, Ph.D.

Journal: Nonpartisan Education Review
ISSN 2150-6477

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: education | policy | STAR | John Jacob Cannell | J.J. Cannell | test score inflation | artificial test score gains | Lake Wobegon | Lake Woebegone | cheating | norm-referenced tests | low-stakes tests | high-stakes tests | standardized tests | educator cheating

ABSTRACT
J. J. Cannell’s article on the so-called “Lake Woebegone” effect for K-12 educational testing systems is mostly an historical account of technical issues and policy considerations that led in part to development of new types of test instruments for K-12 testing, i.e., standards-based tests. However, the article also comments on current testing practices, and charges that some of the technical issues and policy considerations that led to the Lake Woebegone effect are still in place. In particular, the Cannell article focuses on the California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program in recent years (pp 8-11 of the article).
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