Tipping the scales: social justice and educational measurement

Stein, Zachary (2014) Tipping the scales: social justice and educational measurement. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished) Tipping the scales: social justice and educational measurement.


Download (1MB) | Preview


In this work I address foundational concerns at the interface of educational measurement and social justice. Following John Rawls’s philosophical methods, I build and justify an ethical framework for guiding practices involving educational measurement. This framework demonstrates that educational measurement is critical to insuring, or inhibiting, just educational arrangements. It also clarifies a principled distinction between efficiency-oriented testing and justice-oriented testing. In order to explore the feasibility and utility of this proposed framework, I employ it to analyze several historical case studies that exemplify the ethical issues related to testing: (1) the widespread use of IQ-style testing in schools during the early decades of the 20th century; (2) the founding of the Educational Testing Service; and (3) the recent history of test-based accountability associated with No Child Left Behind. I conclude with a set of speculative design principles and arguments in favor of radically democratic school reforms, which address how the future of testing might be shaped to ensure justice for all.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Education > Adult Education
Education > Comparative Education
Education > Educational Assessment
Education > Educational Methods and Practices
Education > Educational Theory
Programs: Education
Depositing User: Zak Stein
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 23:45
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 22:44
URI: http://scholarship.meridianuniversity.edu/id/eprint/22

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item