Month: December 2013

Validity and reliability

This is part two of my summary of Daniel Koretz’s book Measuring Up: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us. Part one, How useful are tests?, is here. Part three, Why teaching to the test is so bad, is here. Validity and reliability Koretz gives the clearest and fullest explanations I’ve read of what reliability and… Read more »

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A-level maths and earning potential

This week, the Institute of Physics have published a report on gender imbalances in certain subjects. They look at 6 A-level subjects: the typically ‘male’ ones of maths, physics and economics, and the typically ‘female’ ones of English, biology and psychology. In all six cases there are gender imbalances. The fact that girls are less… Read more »

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How useful are tests?

This is part one of my review of Daniel Koretz’s Measuring Up: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us. Part two, Validity and reliability, is here. Part three, Why teaching to the test is so bad, is here. I’ve recently finished reading an excellent book about assessment by Daniel Koretz, a professor of education at Harvard… Read more »

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