URP: II.11.h High Stakes Testing

Policy Statement

Student performance on standardized high stakes tests related to licensure or certification may not be used to prevent candidates from program completion or graduation.


The fundamental purpose(s) and use of high stakes testing at TWU should be to assess candidate proficiencies, to provide diagnostic information for candidate remediation and intervention(s), and for curriculum development and program improvement.


Rationale and Need for Policy

Professional organizations and associations have warned against the use of any single measure for high-stakes outcomes. Educational institutions are cognizant of the pressure to maintain high pass rates on certification and licensure exams and understand stakeholder concerns about public safety, reputation, recruitment of students, competition, and accreditation.


University level preparation programs are guided by professional and ethical responsibilities to graduate candidates who possess the knowledge, skills, competencies, and dispositions essential for practice. Thus, high stakes testing practices at TWU should be aligned with the guidelines of professional associations, state boards, and accreditation agencies.



In this policy, “high stakes testing” is defined as standardized “testing used to provide results that have important, direct consequences for examinees, programs or institutions involved” (American Educational Research Association [AERA], American Psychological Association [APA], & National Council on Measurement in Education [NCME]. 1999. The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing. Washington, DC:  AERA Publications, p. 176.].  High stakes testing does not include course or program examinations unrelated to licensure or certification.


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