Evaluation in Education and Human Services

Measuring Up

Challenges Minorities Face in Educational Assessment

Editors: Nettles, Arie L., Nettles, Michael T. (Eds.)

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Measuring Up revisits vital issues of equity and assessment through the research efforts and insights of many of the nation's most prominent educators and assessment experts. As its most urgent purpose, the publication aims to sensitize readers to the unfairness and inappropriate uses of testing instruments which under optimal circumstances have the potential to benefit all students.
With America fervently espousing both national and state testing, the differential performance by race and social class raises the specter of tests as barriers to life milestones such as promotion, graduation, and college admissions. In response to such punitive testing, the papers included here explore a host of models and practices that are currently being piloted both in America and abroad as educators grapple with the effects the assessment is having on minority and disadvantaged students and school systems. In the process, outcomes of innovative portfolio and authentic assessments are weighed against important standards and principles of validity and consequences.
As the various authors probe the gap between African-American and White test scores, they raise important questions of resources, family background and educational opportunity. Beyond their value of their recommendations to educators, their papers help to identify causes of pupil deficiencies in ways that can be addressed by policymakers. To reinforce the emphasis on equity, several authors present a definitive defense of affirmative action as a critical counter-measure to the lack of fairness in school quality, family and social supports, and educational resources.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Issuing the Challenge

    Nettles, Arie L. (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Validity Standards and Principles on Equity in Educational Testing and Assessment

    Linn, Robert L.

    Pages 13-33

  • The Implications of Content Standards and Assessments for the Economically Disadvantaged, Minorities and Women

    Roeber, Edward D.

    Pages 35-51

  • Finding One’s Voice: A Model for More Equitable Assessment

    Badger, Elizabeth

    Pages 53-69

  • Advances in Portfolio Assessment with Applications to Urban School Populations

    Reckase, Mark D. (et al.)

    Pages 71-95

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Measuring Up
Book Subtitle
Challenges Minorities Face in Educational Assessment
Editors
  • Arie L. Nettles
  • Michael T. Nettles
Series Title
Evaluation in Education and Human Services
Series Volume
48
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-4399-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-4399-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-8401-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-5890-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 266
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