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Achievement Tests

  • By: Cynthia A. Lassonde
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Achievement tests are assessment tools that aim to measure what students know and what they are able to do in relation to academic learning objectives or learning standards. Achievement tests are relevant to curriculum studies because test scores are frequently used to determine the level of instruction for students. These testing instruments attempt to provide evidence of what and how much a student has learned from past experiences or how much of a body of knowledge a student has mastered.

The most common type of achievement tests are standardized tests, which are given and scored in a consistent manner across testing sites. Standardized achievement tests typically measure knowledge and skills gained through classroom instruction at a certain grade level. To ensure all students taking the test ...

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