What Do the Tests Test?

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My eight-year-old grandchildren, Sadia and Gideon, seem to have survived the third grade ELA and Math tests without being scarred for life. From their perspective, it was "Much Ado About Nothing," and they were more concerned about the start of the little league baseball season in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

For me, the bigger questions remain the value of these tests in the education of children, especially the impact they have on what gets taught (curriculum), how it is taught (pedagogy), and how learning is accurately measured (assessment).

What do these high stakes standardized tests actually test?

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