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  •  I think you misinterpret my reaction to tests (5+ / 0-)

    basing everything on snapshots which are used for high stakes (a) distorts the teaching; (b) does little to inform instruction; (c) does not account for the unequal starting paoints; (d) tells us little about effectiveness of instruction.

    Value-added mesaurement can do a better job of measuring the actual learning, but only if it involves testing students at beginning and end of same year in same classroom setting, otherwise the results are conflating information that is not school-related and which has a large impact.

    What is interesting is that even using the flawed measurement of the kinds of tests to which I and many others raise objections, the points Darling-Hammond makes about inequity are reinforced.  And she makes a compelling argument that application of resources in the right fashion does make a difference in outcomes.

    do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

    by teacherken on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 06:56:34 AM PST

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