Testing Firm Hits Back Against Claims of Flaws

The state's test vendor has fired back at research from a University of Texas at Austin professor that calls into question the method it uses to develop Texas standardized exams, saying that his claims lack factual evidence.

Denny Way, the senior vice president for measurement services at Pearson, said the company welcomed a “very broad and open dialogue” about the role of standardized testing in evaluating students and schools. But he said that should take place based on well-founded research, not professor Walter Stroup’s “wild conclusions,” which he said would not stand up to the review of outside ...

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