When Pandora's Box is opened: A qualitative study of the intended and unintended impacts of Wyoming's new standardized tests on local educators' everyday practices

Jeasik Cho, Brian Eberhard

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Abstract

In the context of a newly adopted statewide assessment system, PAWS (Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students), this paper describes intended instructional changes and unintended outcomes in classrooms and schools as a result of an assessment policy involving an innovative online portion of the test. An elementary school was selected and prolonged qualitative fie law ork with in-depth and focus group interviews were conducted for IV2 years. A constant comparative data analysis and interpretation from grounded theory methodology led to the following themes: adaptive implementation policy, teachers' dilemmas, instructional change, and school culture change. While observing an elusive role for teachers that involved external accountability factors, researchers also found a practical hope for future PAWS tests, foreshadowing the need for promptly delivered test results for realistic instructional improvement.

Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Report
Volume18
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 11 2013

Keywords

  • Grounded theory
  • Implementation
  • Instructional change
  • Standardized testing

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