The Case Against Standardized Tests
An Article by Chris Carter
Standardized testing is big business. Every year Americans spend millions on the tests they are required to write in order to be evaluated for admission into undergraduate and graduate programs, and many millions more are spent on coaching schools in an attempt to raise scores. The testing companies, especially ETS, play a major role as gatekeepers to American higher education.
How valid are test scores are predictors of grades? Do they have any validity as predictors of actual accomplishment? Are the tests biased against certain members of society? This essay will review the extensive critical literature on the subject of standardized tests in an attempt to answer these questions.
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