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  •  Yes, Finland - which eliminated testing (1+ / 0-)
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    kmoore61

    quite a few years ago - apparently has very high school achievement.    Or maybe I should say high achievement in schools (because I wasn't talking about "high school"(s) per se).

    How do we know?  From a test . . ..

    Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a standardized test given to 15-year-olds in more than 40 global venues, revealed Finnish youth to be the best young readers in the world. Three years later, they led in math. By 2006, Finland was first out of 57 countries (and a few cities) in science
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    •  Yes, Finland (1+ / 0-)
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      decided that their resources were better used in leveling the playing field, ensuring that all children had adequate food, safe housing, medical care, etc.  The way to improve educational outcomes is to ensure that all children have a fair chance--and not to strip all the joy out of learning, with canned curricula and endless fill-in-the-bubble tests.

      "Teachers are the enemies of ignorance. If the teachers win, Rush and his allies lose." Stolen from Sidnora, 12/15/12 with thanks!

      by kmoore61 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 10:47:35 AM PST

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