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Jeremiah Henderson

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    Mike Brooksover 1 year ago

    This approach doesn't leave a whole lot of room for nuance. Sure, tests can be over-emphasized and used in bad ways, but there are benefits to them. How can a district, state, or the nation compare one school to another (in order to provide additional support to those in need, in order to determine whether the most vulnerable children are being served) if we reflexively say that all standardized evaluation is bad? Ending testing won't make creative quality education suddenly appear.

    Jeremiah Hendersonover 1 year ago

    Hi Mike! I think you bring up a good point. Accountability is important, we need to make sure our children are retaining what they are being taught, and we need to be able to measure progress. Great measures of assessment include in class project based assessments, portfolios, and measuring progress over the year. There are plenty of better options than using a standardized test. I say this having experience watching children having to cram terms, lessons, all related to the test in hopes they would pass. It was awful. We can find better solutions!
    To address creativity. I think you are right, ending testing will be like a major surgery, we won't be better right away, but over time things will return to normal, and creativity will begin to flourish. Ending testing will also allow (one would hope) for teachers to be creative and develop new ways of assessing students and progress. So glad you brought up this point!

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