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Jonah Lehrer on Problems With SATs, GREs, the NFL Combine and Other Performance Tests | Head Case -
"...leading him to distinguish between two types of personal assessment. One measures "maximum performance": People who know they're being tested are highly motivated and focused, just like those cashiers scanning a few items while being timed.

The other type measures "typical performance"—measured over long periods of time, as when Mr. Sackett recorded the speed of cashiers who didn't know they were being watched. In this sort of test, character traits that have nothing to do with maximum performance begin to influence the outcome. Cashiers with speedy hands won't have fast overall times if they take lots of breaks."
measurement  performance  success  maximum  typical  testing 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Law lab - The Boston Globe
"advocate the systematic introduction of randomized trials throughout government — in legislatures and administrative agencies, at the state and federal level. They suggest that trials be “self-executing,” in that policies would be automatically enacted based on their results (though lawmakers would be able to overrule this default)."
law  policy  testing  randomness  experimental  experiments 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Verbal vs. mathematical aptitude in academics | Gene Expression | Discover Magazine
"- Philosophers are the smartest humanists, physicists the smartest scientists, economists the smartest social scientists."
testing  graduate-school  gre  standard  verbal  mathematics 
december 2010 by tsuomela
News: 'College Admissions for the 21st Century' - Inside Higher Ed
Robert J. Sternberg talking about broadening the standard core of admissions criteria.
college  academic  admissions  psychometrics  testing  evaluation 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Annals of Education: Most Likely to Succeed: Reporting
Educational-reform efforts typically start with a push for higher standards for teachers-that is, for the academic and cognitive requirements for entering the profession to be as stiff as possible. But after you've watched Pianta's tapes, and seen how complex the elements of effective teaching are, this emphasis on book smarts suddenly seems peculiar.
education  teaching  by(MalcolmGladwell)  policy  testing  evaluation  regulation  credential 
december 2008 by tsuomela

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