The Inevitable Corruption of Indicators and Educators Through High-Stakes Testing

Institutions: University of Texas-San Antonio and Arizona State University

Source: Education Policy Studies Laboratory

The over-reliance on high-stakes testing has serious negative repercussions that are present at every level of the public school system. Test scores are the indicator that the federal government uses to hold educators, administrators, schools, and school districts accountable. By attaching high stakes to test scores, those involved and the test scores can be corrupted.