Consequences of Assessment: What is the Evidence?

William A. Mehrens

Abstract


Attention is here directed toward the prevalence of large scale assessments (focusing primarily on state assessments). I examine the purposes of these assessment programs; enumerate both potential dangers and benefits of such assessments; investigate what the research evidence says about assessment consequences (including a discussion of the quality of the evidence); discuss how to evaluate whether the consequences are good or bad; present some ideas about what variables may influence the probabilities for good or bad consequences; and present some tentative conclusions about the whole issue of the consequences of assessment and the amount of evidence available and needed.

Keywords


Educational Assessment; Educational Research; Elementary Secondary Education; Evaluation Methods; Program Effectiveness; State Programs; Test Use; Testing Programs

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