High Stakes Testing Doesn’t Provide Accurate Data
The current role of standardized testing in American education is wrong. A computer scan-tron cannot evaluate a child. A teacher or school system cannot be evaluated by a child’s scan-tron. Most people agree. Why aren’t we making a change happen?
Lack of funding is always an obstacle to implementation.
Lack of Individualization.
In a time, where differentiation has become not only the norm but a requirement. We have removed much of the ability of a teacher to be inventive and creative. Many of the new standards seem to go far beyond old standards format. There are more of them and more specific in nature.
The result is that teachers feel like there is little time for student led learning (which we know is best practice) and little leeway for differentiation (inclusion students typically have the same grade level expectation). Best practices and research does not seem to drive education policy.
esearch is telling us again and again that the days of cookie cutter education are at the end. Every student is not going to fall into a checksheet. It is an insult to our humanity to assume that is possible. I think we should be striving for meeting the student where they are and seeing growth each year.
Humans have uneven development and it would be lovely to finally see public education (and most private schools) embrace that.
Do standards stifle creativity?
Finding a balance.
Homeschoolers are not exempt from this discussion.