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  •  High-stakes testing has a use, but for God's sake (6+ / 0-)

    NOT on eight- and nine-year olds.

    I have minor qualms about it at the end of HS (cf. France's baccalaureate exams), and none at all for professional uses--when they are properly designed--but can we please find alternate ways of demonstrating that "our children is learning"?

    •  I took what I believe (0+ / 0-)

      were called Iowa tests in grade school in the 1960s.

      My teachers never raised any objection whatsoever.

      •  Those Weren't (1+ / 0-)
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        fiddler crabby

        High stakes. They were a tool to judge progress of students, but their role was nothing compared to the kind of pressure 2nd graders are getting from their teachers and their teachers' bosses, who are terrified of their school "failing" those tests. Very different kettle of fish.

        I always like to note also that when US kids are facing their first high-stakes test (2nd grade), Scandanavian kids are just beginning formal schooling. Finns start at age 8.

    •  We shouldn't be afraid of the term: test. (0+ / 0-)

      Fashion a demonstration of our child's ability to learn and gained knowledge in any alternate way we see fit. Call it what we will but use that demonstration; with the child, for the benefit of the child to further their ability to learn and increase their gained knowledge.  I see all kinds of statistics—percentiles, ethnic groupings, age-sortings—(taken from the diarist) all matched up against test/demonstration scores producing that "behemoth of data" (diarist).  In better than a half century since I first started school I have yet to hear of using those tests/demonstrations with the child to further their ability to learn or increase their gained knowledge but rather to produce that "behemoth of data" the diarist wrote about.  If tests are still being used to produce no more than that behemoth of data, then shame on us all: teachers, students, unions, administrators, government shame on us all.

      Beer, politics & pizza - must have died and gone to heaven.

      by mrgardon on Sun Jul 29, 2007 at 11:12:52 AM PDT

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