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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Office of Testing and Assessment
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Testing Policy
People look to assessments for help in solving many problems in K-12 education, but controversy often follows. Using test results as the basis for high-stakes decisions about students or performance incentives for teachers and schools, or using test-based value-added modeling in teacher evaluations, for example, raise complex technical as well as policy questions. BOTA reports have explored the research on these and other issues to provide objective analysis of the evidence that can guide policy decisions about test use.



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