education; the problem is they have become the end all be all instead.
five years knows the tests weren’t designed to evaluate teachers, that they
destroy teacher creativity, innovation and to a degree morale and that they
have led to an erosion of the joy of learning for many children too. It also caused us to give up on the classes like music, art, drama as well as skill and trade programs that many of these kids looked forward and replaced them with intensive this or remedial that.
some reason the powers-that-be continue to double down on their implementation
and ratchet up the high stakes. Now many children advancing to the next grade
and teachers keeping their jobs are determined by just a few hours each spring.
The only people who really seem to be benefiting are the high stakes testing
companies, over 3 billion for Pearson last year alone.
all of above would be worth it if it led to academic gains but as Diane Ravitch
revealed in her blog, they just haven’t worked. She wrote: 1971-2008
for whites, blacks, and Hispanics, and big achievement gains for students at
every age level tested–ages 9, 13, and 17.
points; at age 13, 25 points; at 17, 28 points.
at 13 points, 7 points; at 17, 4 points.
13, 10 points; at 17, 17 points.
have been stagnant for every racial and ethnic group and for every age group
with the singular exception of Hispanic 13-year-olds and female 13-year-olds.
were no gains for black students at ages 9 or 13 or 17. http://dianeravitch.net/2013/06/27/the-latest-naep-report-dont-believe-what-you-read-about-it/
over and expect a different outcome, well friends we have four years of data
that says high stakes standardized tests aren’t working. Wouldn’t it be insane
to continue down the same path? The era of high stakes testing should
mercifully come to an end and then we should track down all the students who
went though it and apologize.
stakes tests? Click the links.