Another compelling case for developing better assessments and consuming them more intelligently: “On the whole, the panel found the accountability programs often used assessments too narrow to accurately measure progress on program goals and used rewards or sanctions not directly tied to the people whose behavior the programs wanted to change.”
These are my questions! I continue to think it’s okay to teach to the test (and that we should be preparing students to do well on assessments) so long as those tests give us an accurate snapshot of how students are learning. Test scores alone aren’t going to cut it, either, in giving us this snapshot. I’m so excited to read this book!
"Stop saying it is about the students if you haven’t asked the students what they need, what they want, and what is the reality of their world. Just say it is about you or the school and what you find relevant. If you are okay with that, great.
This is such a great list of what we need in education, though I do think national standards are a good thing. So many children living in poverty move all the time and it’s important to make their education as consistent as possible. Of course, respecting and investing in our human capital is the best way to do that.
"The study found that public school teachers’ retirement benefits — at least the part taxpayers pay for — are smaller than those of virtually any other type of public employee, despite frequent claims that teachers’ pensions are excessive and diverting precious dollars from education and other essential government services."