April 21, 2014
Colleges Back Away From Using Tests to Assess Student Learning
Daniel Johnson for The Chronicle
It wasn't long ago that standardized tests were ascendant in higher education.
Feeling pressure from federal policy makers and the public to demonstrate rigor in their courses, colleges turned to the tests as seemingly objective measures of quality and what students are learning.
Consumer-oriented websites sprang up. College presidents pledged to be upfront about their students’ performance on such tests. A widely cited book relied on standardized tests to support its