RE: testing lunacy

From: Alexander Surmava (
Date: Mon May 16 2005 - 16:39:18 PDT

I wish Russian government officials from Ministry of Education would read it
while introducing this "junk science/statistics" into Russian educational


Alexander V. Surmava


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Sent: Monday, May 16, 2005 10:01 PM
Subject: Fwd: testing lunacy




Besides the psychological damage, wasted time and resources; there is also
the inherent unknown reliability of the way many of these tests are scored.
Testing theory seems to have evolved to include a method for assigning
student scores that is totally unnecessary while being completely
undiscipherable to at least 90% of those involved. After assigning student
these probability scores, we then rank the scores into something
comprehensible to most of the 90% and the results is used to make decisions.
I think it is a very sophisticated type of junk science/statistics.



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