No one tells Charlie Brown that his intelligence, imagination and value as a human being have nothing to do with the standardized test score. No one tells him that his creativity and caring nature cannot be reflected in a number. And certainly no one tells him that sending a message to impressionable children that their ability to succeed (or be loved) can be numerated by a bubble test is as dangerous as it is irresponsible.
People are demanding to be released from the tyranny of the annual BS Test. And somehow, test manufacturers are going to try to look like heroes for offering even larger doses of what test opponents are trying to escape. Instead of of narrow, crappy data once a year, we'll be harvesting crappy data every day.
Testing is compromising the future of many of our able students. Today's testing comes at the expense of validity (strong prediction of future success), equity (ensuring that members of various groups have an equal shot), and common sense in identifying those students who think deeply and reflectively, rather than those who are good at answering shallow multiple-choice questions.
When schools and communities focus resources and efforts on closing the opportunity gaps, they should be recognized, supported and applauded. They should also serve as models for those who wish to engage in true school improvement.
Test scores are objective. Deadlines are clear-cut. But the college process begs for the human touch. Students are the most precious commodity to educational institutions. Without them, scores and deadlines are just numbers on a page.
Each year, tens of thousands of students like them may be prevented from taking required math courses that they could likely pass. They're tripped up by placement tests, even though research shows that high school records are more accurate predictors of students' college performance.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has posted its 2015 "report card." NAEP measures student achievement and is given periodically to students across the United States. It will come as no surprise to many educators that the scores are down.
At the IB Heads World Conference in The Hague, I talked to Peter Senge, the renowned expert on systems, business management and learning, and senior lecturer at MIT.
I had a teacher in high school who handed me a broom and in doing so, inspired me to harness my intelligence to service my passion. She was a dedicated high school Theater Arts teacher, and she saved my life.
The problem, of course, is the kind of instruction. What Obama and Duncan seem to miss is that as long as students, teachers, schools, districts and states are evaluated based on the high-stakes standardized tests, even if test time is reduced, curriculum will still be all about test prep.
At a recent Commonwealth Club of California program moderated by EdSource editor-at-large John Fensterwald, Duncan spoke briefly about educational gains made during his seven-year term as U.S. Secretary of Education.
Under pressure to show immediate, positive results, there is less time to grow, to improve, or to fail. A race for results puts pressure on programs to measure outcomes too soon, with weak methods, and without funding to invest in trained researchers. That race benefits no one.
President Obama has finally declared that the educational establishment's obsession with high-stakes testing has gone too far. It reminded me of a disagreement that broke out recently in a teacher professional development planning meeting.
When I look back on the great teachers who shaped my life, what I remember isn't the way they prepared me to take a standardized test. What I remember is the way they taught me to believe in myself. To be curious about the world.
My third grade daughter is very bright, creative, perceptive and yet tanks multiple-choice tests. Judging by her test scores, it looks as though she i...
Not all NYC families have computers and can check websites or receive emails. The high school and specialized high school handbooks given to students at the end of seventh grade are thorough but daunting.