A little late to the party, but I’m glad I got here. And I really like the letter by the high school student!
“Often it is the least orthodox teacher who most engages and excites students” How do you measure that?
Economic integration leads to more equitable educational outcomes. Demography may not be destiny, but it sure is a fact.
And it suggests that the angry, worried debate over how to improve the nation’s mediocre education — pitting the teachers’ unions and the advocates of more money for public schools against the champions of school vouchers and standardized tests — is missing the most important part: infants and toddlers.
Standardized achievement tests are a vital tool, but treating test scores the way a corporation might treat sales targets is wrong. Students are not widgets. I totally reject the idea that students from underprivileged neighborhoods cannot learn. Of course they can. But how does it help these students to have their performance on a one-size-fits-all standardized test determine their teachers’ compensation and job security? The clear incentive is for the teacher to focus on test scores rather than actual teaching.
New, Inexpensive Tools Help Smart, Low-Income Kids Realize Great College Opportunities, Study Shows | UVA Today
Cool! Especially considering that students from low-income backgrounds tend to reap the most benefits from selective colleges.
A bad egg or another reason not to use standardized tests as the sole or largest measure of student learning?