Some non-educators are taken aback by the series of reports on the way that testing eats up incredible amounts of class time -- up to 80 days a year.
Well, it's official. With Daylight Savings Time behind us and the Winter Solstice approaching, the days are starting to feel shorter. Much shorter.
Among standardized tests required for admission into various higher educational institutions, the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) measures verbal ability, quantitative reasoning skills, critical thinking ability and analytical writing skills and is used for admission into graduate school.
As children grow in the real world, slowly enough, if we provide them with caregivers who understand their social and emotional needs, if we tend them with the individual attention they so deeply desire, they will flourish, but on their own time.
There may be aspects of the Common Core Standards that are useful to students and teachers. The problem is that student learning is just collateral damage. From the start, Common Core has always been primarily about corporate profits and high-stakes testing.
A freshman walks into my writing tutor office hours last week visibly upset and nearing the point of tears. "I just don't understand," she says, "I didn't think I did a terrible job on my last paper, but I got a B+."
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She also curiously stated she was not trying to draw conclusions from parents' responses. Rather, she wanted "a better snapshot about how parents think about LEARNING and how students learn best."
Why are you messing with NYC's specialized high schools -- a part of our educational system that actually works pretty well, instead of focusing on things that don't?
There was a time when Duncan could be counted on to at least say the right thing before he went ahead and did the wrong thing.
Academic rigor is alive and well in NYC. The city's goal should be bringing that to more children rather than taking opportunities away from others.
This is a letter demanding a change to the environment and culture surrounding your test. Standardized testing has shifted from a mere requirement to a game. Whoever finds the best tutor or class wins the game. These students attend the college of their dreams.
It is perhaps not surprising, in an election season when so many of those who attempted to impose these changes stand to lose their jobs that Duncan and others would feign a change of heart. If you listen carefully, it is not really a change at all.
Honest kids suffer in so many ways because of unregulated test sites. They work so hard, and then other kids cheat, reducing the impact of their scores, statistically and psychologically. When agencies hold back scores, these honest kids get punished a second time.
Ninety-five percent of everything is unimportant baloney, crap that we humans use to torture ourselves and each other. Neckties. Eye shadow. Funny hats. Hair length. Only five percent of what we deal with is true and important and lasting.
The introduction of the Common Core standards and the subsequent redesign of many state tests have created an opportunity to rethink the purpose of large-scale assessments.