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Standardized Testing

  • By: Karen E Andreasen, Annette Rasmussen & Christian Ydesen
  • In: Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: James Ainsworth
  • Subject:Sociology of Education (general), Sociology of Education, Education Policy

Standardized testing in educational contexts is a practice aimed at the assessment of an individual's knowledge, skills, or competencies by using a test of a standardized character. Standardized testing is used for different purposes for all levels in educational systems. From a sociological perspective, testing plays a key role in the socialization of individuals in educational settings, in social stratification, and in the production and reproduction of social structures of society.

Conceptual Considerations and General Perspectives on Standardized Test as Method

Assessments in education include both quite unformalized practices not reflecting any kind of standardization and very formalized practices such as standardized testing. The standardized test differs from other kinds of testing and assessments in that it is designed in an attempt to secure that any aspect ...

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