Testing High Stakes Tests: Can We Believe the Results of Accountability Tests?

Publication Date: February 2003

Publisher: Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Center for Civic Innovation

Author(s): Jay P. Greene; Marcus A. Winters; Greg Forster

Research Area: Education

Keywords: accountability tests; No Child Left Behind; high stakes tests; standardized tests

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This report examines whether "high stakes" tests can effectively measure students' academic proficiency. It finds that, contrary to the assertion by critics that schools would merely "teach to the test," improving the results without increasing real learning, high stakes tests generally provide reliable information on students actual academic performance.