Susan Philips, a professor of education at Michigan State University and one of the nation’s leading testing experts, has testified that well-developed standardized multiple-choice tests give more individual examples of student knowledge and skills, are more consistent in scoring, are capable of measuring higher-order thinking and are fairer than other non-standardized assessments. Since standardized testing can accurately assess the “whole” student, low test scores can be a real indicator of student knowledge and deficiencies.


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