Should These Tests Get a Failing Grade?

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But the problems I encountered when taking the SHSAT online demonstrate how even one standardized test question might derail a promising student’s future.

In fact, I was thrown off by the very first question on the test


Daniel Koretz, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the author of “Measuring Up” and “The Testing Charade,” and one of the country’s foremost experts on standardized tests, agreed that the question is, at best, ambiguous. “Problematic items do sometimes occur even in good tests, and that is one more reason it is never acceptable to make a consequential decision based on a single test score,” he said.