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When test scores go up we should worry because of how poor a measure they are of what matters and what you typically sacrifice in a desperate effort to raise scores Alfie KohnImagine you are a parent how do you choose a school for your child Where do you emphasis The environment the atmosphere the security the good reputation of the school perhaps Well every parent does this in his own way Ths year there may be a way that makes it a little easier for parents in the Netherlands to choose the average final CITO tests of the years 2010 2011 and 2012 of all schools will be announced publicly RTL News succeeded in get the scores and publish it via the Open Government Act RTL News has partnered with educational sociologist Professor Jaap Dronkers of the University of Maastricht and developed a method to account for differences among schoolsEvery school is compared with schools which have the same kind of students and the participation rate is subsequently corrected The scores are thus relative The scores of the CITO final test have to stay anonymous to the outside worldFirstly the students are put under pressure to perform good for the name of the school but above for themselves because part of the life depends of the score on this test Research has emerged that the actual capabilities of a child does not always correspond to the results on keys The CITO test is a snapshot which therefore not nearly says everything about the competence of a child During the entire school career is a child examined so why should they make these test results known while we dont do that with other elementary keys 96Secondly could the parents interpret the results in various ways which may result in misinterpretations The director of Oudervereniging Ouders COO mister Werner van Katwijk says the following about the announcement of the results The school quality can not
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