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  •  MAP, etc.. a one legged stool (8+ / 0-)

    I have long been an advocate of things like a standardized test... as ONE component in evaluating a curriculum and performance of a student.

    It can provide a baseline to help teachers work with kids.  

    The greatest problem with MAP is that it has become a monster, enabled by parents and community as the only standard that matters.  

    Many of the slightly older crowd are familiar with the 'Iowa Basic' type tests.   We took them as kids and they were neat, but we didn't spend a lot of time prepping for them.   Now, schools find funding, approval and community action based around their performance.

    MAP has become a one legged stool for schools, and people place all of their weight on the wobbly thing.   Instead, it needs to be a much smaller component.  

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 06:14:39 AM PST

    •  When I took the occasional standardized test (4+ / 0-)

      fifty years ago, we spent NO time prepping, and as far as I can recall, there were NO stakes attached to them. I think maybe one was used to help decide if you should be in high school honors classes, not sure. I just think that because I was put in honors classes and while I tested exceedingly well, my grades weren't too much above average.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 06:58:29 AM PST

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