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Consumer-Referenced Testing

Abstract

The author of this paper argues that after spending several years increasing the use and stakes of large-scale assessments, the focus should now be on improving the quality of these assessments. He argues that this is best accomplished by keeping the focus on the needs of the "consumers" being served, something that has not always been the focus in the past. "These needs dictate more carefully designed, integrated assessment programs; better professional development opportunities for educators; improvements in how students experience educational tests; greater use of technology; and the adoption of a more open approach to dealing with stakeholders."

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