Monday, November 28, 2011

Lake Wobegon Effect in Education

The book "Measurement and Assessment in Education (2nd Edition)" goes into detail on the process of nationally standardized testing in the USA. One amusing sidebar is on the "Lake Wobegon effect", where a large number of US schools systematically gamed the testing system. The term is named after Garrison Keillor's fictional town of Lake Wobegon, where "... all the children are above average.".

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