Alternatives to High-Stakes Testing
Frequently Asked Questions about the Consortium
[ Back to list | Next Question ]
Q6: What is a High-Stakes Test?
High-stakes tests are tests that are used as the SOLE determinant of critically important educational
decisions, such as grade promotion or graduation, in the life of a child.
So why do consortium schools say "NO" to high stakes tests?
- Learning is complex; assessment should be, too.
- Multiple forms of assessment have more reliability and consequential validity predicting future success than single
instrument high-stakes tests.
- A performance-based assessment system requires students to demonstrate what they know, not how well they take tests.
- A performance-based assessment system tells schools, parents, colleges and employers how well students do in real-world
- The Consortium's performance-based assessment system is aligned to, meets and exceeds the State Learning Standards.