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Visiting Washington, D.C.
Session Type: Invited Speaker Session
An unprecedented number of tests, often with high stakes for students, teachers and schools, has been driven by decades of policy. American students spend considerable school time taking and preparing for standardized tests. The US is not alone, as international educators, scholars, and policymakers wrestle with similar questions. Session participants will respond to the questions and concerns that students, parents, teachers, and other diverse stakeholders have raised in the public debate on testing. How much testing is appropriate? Who should be tested, how frequently, and on what content? How should the results of these tests be used? Crowdsourced questions will inform this session, with discussion starting months prior to AERA, tagged with #HowMuchTesting. Participants will also consider the role and impact of research in a policy arena so infused with politics and ideology.
Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University
Eric A. Hanushek, Stanford University
Lorrie A. Shepard, University of Colorado - Boulder
David C. Berliner, Arizona State University