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  •  Good luck on here with this: (9+ / 0-)
    We now know that none of the current carrot-and-stick policies will shrink the gap. We know it because they have been tried for 10 years and they haven’t worked. Structural changes like charters and vouchers overall will not make a difference. Merit pay makes no difference. Judging teachers by test scores demoralizes teachers and will lead to narrowing of the curriculum—so that the districts where children have the lowest scores will have more time for test preparation and less time for the arts, less time for history or civics, less time for science, less time for physical education. The children who need a great education the most will get the least.
     And many more children will be left behind.

    The cadre of anti-teach pro-testing dupes on this web site should have fun with the above section of text. They had quite the party on Laura's article last week.

    •  if they want to be data driven (10+ / 0-)

      which instructionally is nonsense, but since it is their frame

      the data strongly indicates that an emphasis on testing such as we have does not improve performance on the kinds of assessments used for things like PISA, which require far more than picking one out of four or five multiple choice answers.

      Neither does increasing seat time, the length of the school day, the length of the school year, time on task.

      At his book talk at the Finnish Embassy earlier this week, Pasi Sahlberg, who authored Finnish Lessons, put up a slide showing the proportion of time in class between the US and and Finland and the relative scores on PISA.  It was a nearly perfect inverse ratio.

      Finland uses standardized tests only for sampling (a la NAEP) and never tied to individual students or teachers, only to get a sense of overall performance of the school.

      "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

      by teacherken on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 12:01:47 PM PST

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