Saturday, November 2, 2013

This is why we must continue to fight the high-stakes testing-machine.

This is why we must continue to fight the high-stakes testing-machine.

Professing and Parenting to the Test: Education Reform and the Testing Madness
" Nevermind that the country that ranks first in most international standards (Finland) doesn't test until high school, the reformist-minded folks at the New York State Education Department are so excited about these tests that they are now having schools try them on four and five-year-olds. Reported results are astonishing (see here.) Kids, who could barely hold pencils, struggled to bubble in answers, while teachers, whose ratings are tied to student performance, were forced to stand idly by in frustration."

From Carol Burris:
A ridiculous Common Core test for first graders
"My speech teacher came to see me. She was both angry and distraught. In her hand was her 6-year-old’s math test. On the top of it was written, “Topic 2, 45%”. On the bottom, were the words, “Copyright @ Pearson Education.” After I got over my horror that a first-grader would take a multiple-choice test with a percent-based grade, I started to look at the questions"

My little test taker: Learning or test prep?
"Bubbling practice. This is the first I have seen of bubbling on a sent-home worksheet, but I know WHY it is there. It is there to get her to become an expert of reading comprehension questions and to select the best answer by filling in a circle. Alexandra won’t be tested (officially) until third grade. She is in FIRST GRADE now."