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Testing and Evaluation.

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    • Abstract:
      A test is composed of questions aimed at gathering information about a topic of interest. Evaluation, also referred to as assessment, is a process that usually consists of one or more tests along with other methods of obtaining data such as interviews or observations. Over the past few decades, testing and evaluation have become ubiquitous in American schools, with tests and evaluations informing high-stakes decisions like special education placements and federal funding allocations. Critics point out that tests can contain hidden biases that put some racial, ethnic, and economic groups at a disadvantage; and that high-stakes tests do not sufficiently examine individual students' abilities and achievements.