High-stakes Examinations to Support Policy

Paul Black, H Burkhardt, Daro P, Jones I, Lappan G, Pead D, Stephens M

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How can we help policy makers choose better exams? This question was
the focus of the Assessment Working Group at the 2010 ISDDE Conference
in Oxford. The group brought together high-level international expertise
in assessment. It tackled issues that are central to policy makers looking
for tests that, at reasonable cost, deliver valid, reliable assessments of
students’ performance in mathematics and science with results that inform
students, teachers, and school systems.
This paper describes the analysis and recommendations from the group’s
discussions, with references that provide further detail. It has contributed
to discussions, in the US and elsewhere, on “how to do better”. We hope it
will continue to be useful both to policy makers and to assessment
Original languageEnglish
Article numberN/A
Pages (from-to)N/A
Number of pages31
JournalEducational Designer
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


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