All those acronyms remind me of a discussion I had once about FDA GMP (the Food and Drug Administrations 'Good Manufacturing Practice'). I had suggested that it was appropriate for many non-medical businesses. I got a lot of disagreement until I asked who was advocating bad manufacturing practice. The connection here is that most non-standardized measures suffer from all of the ills attributed to standardized test plus many more. If I'm looking at a portfolio from Kansas, how do I know if an essay was the product of 6 months, if it was a group project, if it was the 10th revision, if assistance (human?, spell checker?, grammar checker?) was provided during its preparation, etc. But more fundamentally how do I compare it against an essay from Nebraska? The SAT may not be an optimal measure but at least it is standard: it is a basis for comparison like the ISO, IEC, ASTM, and EN standards.
---------- > From: Charles Masenas <email@example.com> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: Re: Time for Moderation > Date: Monday, July 31, 2000 15:35 > > --- Lou Talman (email@example.com) wrote: > > The main difference being, of course, that a > > pregnancy test or a cancer > > test has been scientifically validated: We know > > exactly what it > > measures, how it measures what it measures, and why > > what it measures > > supports the conclusions we draw from it. We know > > these things > > objectively. Moreover, we know what kinds of errors > > the tests make and > > how to compensate for them. None of these things > > can be said of the > > test results we obtain in education. > > --Lou Talman > > 1. Without looking back, the test result Lou is > talking > about is: > a) GPA > b) SAT > c) GRE > d) GED > e) some other TLA (three letter acronym) > > 2. The point Lou is making is: > a) an A is indistinguishable from a D because neither > can be scientifically validated > b) we need a ministry of grading for validation of > all tests > c) any grade he has ever given out is in error > d) he has never passed a pregnancy test > e) if Wayne says north then Lou must argue south > regardless of the absurdity > > Look for official answers in tomorrow's email. > > > __________________________________________________ > Do You Yahoo!? > Kick off your party with Yahoo! Invites. > http://invites.yahoo.com/