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Consequences of Assessment: What is the Evidence?

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Author(s): William A. Mehrens

Journal: Education Policy Analysis Archives
ISSN 1068-2341

Volume: 6;
Start page: 13;
Date: 1998;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Attention is here directed toward the prevalence of large scale assessments (focusing primarily on state assessments). I examine the purposes of these assessment programs; enumerate both potential dangers and benefits of such assessments; investigate what the research evidence says about assessment consequences (including a discussion of the quality of the evidence); discuss how to evaluate whether the consequences are good or bad; present some ideas about what variables may influence the probabilities for good or bad consequences; and present some tentative conclusions about the whole issue of the consequences of assessment and the amount of evidence available and needed.
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