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High Stakes Testing Effects Dropout Rates

By Ann Dodd

Abstract

Since the inception of No Child Left Behind, it has been argued that high stakes testing leads to a higher dropout rate. High stakes testing can cause anxiety, stress and fear in students when the results determine whether or not they are able to be promoted to the next grade or to graduate from high school. The dropout rates for the two years before and the three years after the high stake test (WESTEST) was implemented in West Virginia were examined to establish if there had been any effect on these rates. Results indicate no significant difference in dropout rates between pre and post high stakes test. Implications of these findings for future research are discussed

Topics: \u3cp\u3eHigh school dropouts.\u3c/p\u3e \u3cp\u3eDropouts - Prevention.\u3c/p\u3e \u3cp\u3eStudents - Testing.\u3c/p\u3e, Education, Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Psychology, School Psychology, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Publisher: Marshall Digital Scholar
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:mds.marshall.edu:etd-1571
Provided by: Marshall University

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