Show Notes

As the importance of standardized testing looms large in the academic landscape, Jenny is joined by Jeff Walton, the executive director of the American Association of Christian Schools, to unravel the intricacies of this vital aspect of education.

Join them as they embark on a journey to demystify the purpose behind achievement tests, dissecting how these tests provide essential insights into student performance and curriculum alignment. Delve into the intricate process of creating these tests, where state standards, textbook content, and student samples converge to form a standardized assessment.

Ethics take the spotlight as they explore the fine balance of preparing students for standardized tests while avoiding the pitfall of teaching solely to the test. Jeff emphasizes the transformative potential of utilizing achievement test results to fine-tune instruction and identify areas for growth. 

With expertise as their guiding light, they delve into the significant reports that educators should embrace for a holistic understanding of student performance. Class placement decisions, the variability of achievement scores, and the occasional presence of an intriguing gap between report card grades and test scores are thoughtfully addressed.

Join us for an episode that offers both seasoned educators and curious minds a comprehensive exploration of standardized testing’s underpinnings and its pivotal role in shaping modern education. Tune in now to enrich your understanding of this critical facet of learning and assessment. 

About Our Guest

Jeff Walton

Jeff Walton is the executive director of the American Association of Christian Schools. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education and a doctorate of divinity. He has served in a variety of capacities in Christian education — he’s been a teacher, school administrator, state association director, and Bible college administrator. Jeff has been active in the legislative process, seeking to secure policies and legislation to protect the ministries of Christian schools. He also has had the opportunity to present to various groups of educators across the country and around the world.

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