Monday, June 18, 2012

Pop quiz on standardized testing - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

Pop quiz on standardized testing - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post:
Answer Sheet

Pop quiz on standardized testing

This was written by Lisa Guisbond, apolicy analyst with FairTest, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, in Jamaica Plain, Mass. FairTest is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the misuse of standardized tests. This quiz was first published in Education Week.
By Lisa Guisbond
You can practically hear the collective relief as school testing seasonwinds down across America. It’s not just the sighs of millions of overtested and stressed-out children. Joining them are state officials, school administrators, teachers, and parents. All, for varying reasons, are no doubt happy to close the door on a particularly disastrous season that included public uproar over a confusing reading test question and a scoring fiasco on the Florida writing exam.
Before we put away the No. 2 pencils, though, how about sharpening 

The technology mistake: Confusing access to information with becoming educated

This was written by Larry Cuban, a former high school social studies teacher (14 years, including seven at Cardozo and Roosevelt high schools in the District), district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA) and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is “As Good As It Gets: What School Reform Brought to Austin.” This appeared on his blog.
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