Teachers, students respond to new standardized test
Original post made on May 5, 2013
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on May 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm
I am concerned. I am worried about the toll test-taking is exacting on our children -- grades 2 - 12. The research does not show that we need to test EVERY year for a "stairstep" approach to education. Children are not created from a uniform mold; they develop in spurts. A more logitudinal approach -- as in Finland -- may give us better information and be more humane for our children. What if we tested every 2 or 3 years?
The folks who are making a great deal of money off of the test craze might be concerned, but our children might be healthier ... and better educated!
I also encourage teachers to back off of testing. There are so many ways to assess a child's knowledge that do NOT include a conventional "test." How do I know? I've been teaching for 27 years!
Before we start blindly evaluating the quality of a test, maybe we need to stop and evaluate the place of testing in the lives of American school children.
Just a thought ....
on May 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm
I completely agree with Kimberley Gilles. The article listed below (not the embedded video clip) was very interesting about how Chinese students may have higher test scores internationally, but are lacking everywhere else. Their focus is just on that test and nothing else.
Also, they may have better test scores, but guess what; my white, American born husband is a boss of a whole group of their engineers. In addition, if you take a look at big American companies, you will find management is usually Caucasian or Indian and worker bees are Chinese. What do those tests mean now?
on May 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm
@Catherine - that is such a ridiculous statement.
According to bls.gov the unemployment rates by race in 2010 were, white=8.7, Asian=7.5. For April 2013 they are white=6.4, Asian=5.1
The rate for whites <20yrs is close to 20%, there are no such figures for Asians but I am pretty certain it is much lower.
While there might be downsides to testing and your husband is certainly smart, please do some first hand research. Otherwise you sound like a rabble-rousing fool!