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Rising Test Scores
  • Linn reviewed accountability testing in K-12 public schools over the last fifty years.
  • Linn found that when tests are used for accountability purposes (i.e., to reward or sanction schools) there is a rise in test scores over successive years. He explains the rising test scores over successive years as a consequence of using the same questions with the same norms for high stakes purposes year after year.

    Linn also found when a new test is introduced; test scores fall to the level of the first administration of the previous test and then begin their upward climb again.

 
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