The Facts on Education: What is the Value of Standardized Testing?

10 February 2014

The Facts on Education: What is the Value of Standardized Testing?

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CEA and the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) have teamed up to provide you with relevant and timely information based on current empirical educational research. The primary goal of this project is to get relevant and needed research into the hands of parents and other interested people. They are written in plain language on topics of interest to parents, such as homework and class size.

The Facts on Education Series is produced with a generous sponsorship from the Canadian School Boards Association.



Pan-Canadian Student Assessment Program (PCAP)

Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

The New Face of Standardized Testing in Schools – Canadian Family Magazine

People for Education’s Standardized Testing Information Page

Real Accountability or Illusion of Success? A Call to Review Standardized Testing in Ontario

Alberta Education Student Learning Assessments

Learning for All - A Guide to Effective Assessment and Instruction for All Students, Kindergarten to Grade 12 – Ontario Ministry of Education



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Bibliography of Related Articles

Au, W., & Gourd, K. (2013). Asinine assessment: Why high-stakes testing is bad for everyone, including English teachers. English Journal, 103(1), 14-19. 

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