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Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Improvement is a two-edged sword 

In this New York Times article about improving test scores, there's an interesting observation:
The suggestion that city schools are on the upswing put Chancellor Joel I. Klein, who is overhauling them, in a tricky position. While the chancellor's critics pounced upon the higher scores as evidence that the school system did not need such an overhaul, some of his allies acknowledged that he would now be under even more pressure to show gains next spring.
So now Klein is forced to argue that the test scores are not necessarily reliable, which raises the question of whether the whole concept of using test scores to evaluate schools is a good idea to begin with.

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