Madaus, George F., "The Influence of Testing on Curriculum," pp. 83-121 in Laurel N. Tanner, ed., Critical Issues in Curriculum. 87th Yearbook of the NSSE, Part I. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1988. Reprinted pp. 73-111 in Margaret J. Early and Kenneth J. Rehage, eds., Issues in Curriculum: A Selection of Chapters from Past NSSE Yearbooks. 98th Yearbook of the NSSE, Part II. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1999.


Reviews the effects of testing, especially high-stakes standardized tests, on curriculum, instruction, and students; discusses past and present issues with examples from several countries.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Development, Organization, Design, Curriculum Evaluation

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Integrative Inquiry

Type of Study

Research Synthesis

Narrow Topic

Curriculum Standards and Testing, Evaluation of Instruction, Student Assessment, Comparative Curriculum, Freedom/Authority and Curriculum, Local Control of Schooling, Materials Development and Evaluation


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