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Daniel Lorenz

Pros And Cons Of Standardized Testing (Satire--The Onion) - 36 views

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    As the American education system continues to place more emphasis on standardized testing to measure academic achievement, critics have argued that it can be more harmful than helpful to students' development in the long run. Here are some of the pros and cons of standardized testing:
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    It should probably be noted that The Onion is a satire site.
mollyfanning

LA Woman: Student Inspiration - 1 views

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    In these last days of April, I wanted to acknowledge the yin and yang that this month represents for my discipline. April is National Poetry Month, but it is also the time of year when students in grades 3-8 take their ELA and math New York State exams. The irony of this is not lost on us English teachers.
Beverly Ozburn

Crash Test | Texas Monthly - 24 views

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      This same accountability "fear factor" has been applied nationwide, too.
  • STAAR replaced the four tests previously required for graduation with fifteen—more than any other state. Lawmakers also mandated that the new tests, known as end-of-course exams, would count for 15 percent of a student’s grade in each subject area
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Sounds like the middle school testing requirements here in TN.
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  • “cult of educational testing” and argued that the accountability system was doing more harm than good
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      What wonderful wording!
  • Longtime observers of education policy are openly speculating that we are seeing the beginning of the end of the accountability movement, right here in the state where it was born.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Isn't that amazing?!  How long will this concept take to catch on and make it nationwide?
  • Of course, the stakes are high not just for kids but for adults too. Teachers whose students fail to improve—or don’t improve sufficiently—can find themselves out of a job. Students at poor-performing schools can transfer to better schools in their district—and take their state funding with them.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      This is happening locally - I have witnessed such!
  • Shortly before he resigned as education commissioner, Robert Scott warned that assessment and accountability had grown into something akin to a “military-industrial complex,” a kind of public policy juggernaut with its own internal momentum.
Bill Genereux

Economic Scene - Study Rethinks Importance of Kindergarten Teachers - NYTimes.com - 23 views

  • Some are highly effective. Some are not. And the differences can affect students for years to come.
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