Summary Of Nichols And Berliner's Collateral Damage

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In Nichols and Berliner book, “Collateral Damage” they discuss how high-stakes testing corrupts American schools and how it impact the education system. High-stakes testing are used to construct informative decisions on students, educators, schools, or districts, the attempt by the federal, local and state governments in holding educator accountable for student meeting the common core standards. High-stakes testing has been executed on educator as a form of punishment rather than focusing on student progress. In addition, high-stakes testing cuts out essential components to the curriculum, such as (PE, Art, social sciences etc.), which limits the quality of education. Furthermore, Low-test scores can have a negative impact on school such as, funding reduction, negative publicity, or penalties.…show more content…
This places pressures on educator and could cause the state education department to lower the passing mark on state tests so as to boost proficiency rates (Nichols, pg.95). This has resulted in principals and education administrators corrupting education policies, such as playing with test score numbers and manipulating the results of dropout and graduate rates (Nichols, pg.83). As Campbell’s Law predicts, indicators that take on inordinate value are corrupted (Nichols, pg.85). However, when test scores become the goal of the teaching process, they both lose their value as indicators of educational status and distort the educational process in a misleading

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