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2009

High-stakes testing

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Courting Trouble: Litigation, High-Stakes Testing, And Education Policy, Michael R. Heise Jan 2009

Courting Trouble: Litigation, High-Stakes Testing, And Education Policy, Michael R. Heise

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

High-stakes testing policies did not emerge in an education policy vacuum. Part I of this Article includes a brief description of the major high-stakes tests and their policy rationales. Part II surveys recent litigation challenging one distinct genre of high-stakes testing-high school exit exams. Two cases illustrate courts' current posture toward legal challenges of exit exams. Part III reviews evidence of courts' increased sensitivity to the policy consequences attributable to court decisions that interfere with the implementation of exit exams. Part IV concludes and notes the important normative questions raised by judges' concerns with policy consequences flowing from their decisions.