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  •  I'm not opposed to testing by any means. (2+ / 0-)
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    Oldestsonofasailor, divineorder

    It's just that I firmly believe the people who create the tests have the skill, just not the will to normalize them to eliminate the most egregious biases.

    •  What existing standardized test do you support? (1+ / 0-)
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      Rich in PA

      The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

      by nextstep on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 01:47:28 PM PST

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      •  That's the problem (2+ / 0-)
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        WillR, Linda Wood

        There is bad faith on both sides, not in equal amounts but regrettably there's enough on "our" side to make progressive reform impossible.  So long as opponents of testing are unable to provide an alternative, we're in a horse race without a horse and that's a pretty bad position to be in.  I understand the objection that standardized tests tied to teacher evaluation risk an unfair bias against teachers, but the idea that teachers should be solely responsible for the evaluation of their students risks (well, whatever is more than "risk") an unfair bias in favor of teachers.  If all teachers are excellent or could be excellent with proper support, there is no basis for treating and compensating teachers as professionals who have a distinctive skill that others don't have.

        You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

        by Rich in PA on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 02:12:27 PM PST

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    •  It gets worse (1+ / 0-)
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      Cassandra Waites

      I remember a study, can't give you a citation unfortunately, in which two classrooms of African-American students were given an identical test, but one room was told that the test had been developed to be free of cultural bias.

      That room scored higher.

      That implies another problem which is harder to fix.

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