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  •  Alternative? (2+ / 0-)
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    IT Professional, Linda Wood

    So what's the alternative?

    •  I agree. What alternative exists (2+ / 0-)
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      ffour, Chi

      other than the opinion of the teacher a student happens to have?

      Throughout my life I have had good teachers and bad teachers. I have had caring teachers and vindictive teachers who held a grudge against rude or insensitive children and who enjoyed punished said children by failing.

      Tests have there place. An argument may be made to improve tests.  However I find the SAT to be a pretty good test, in that it allows you to know where your weak areas are.

      What is wrong with concentrating on your weak areas?

      •  CSTs don't provide that information (0+ / 0-)

        And I would argue that the SAT doesn't do that either.

        There is are several differences between doing well on the SAT and being an educated person.

        There is much more I could say about this, but I note that the thread is stale and you probably won't even read this.

        But here is just one fact for you:  California students have no stake at all in their scores on CST tests.  They have no impact on grades or promotion.  The students take the test in May and the results are sent to the school in August, just before the next year starts.

        The superintendent wants to hold teachers accountable for students scores on tests that mean nothing to the students.

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