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Consequential Validity and the Transformation of Tests from Measurement Tools to Policy Tools

This piece was originally published in the peer-reviewed journal, Teachers College Record. It explains that when tests are used as drivers of policy, their validity depends on whether the measure as a policy tool is accomplishing what it is intended to accomplish. More pointedly, the article argues that the recent use of student test scores as tools to evaluate teacher effectiveness has not been validated.