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A growing rebellion against the overuse and misuse of standardized tests is sweeping the nation. In Texas, New York, Chicago, Florida and elsewhere, teachers, principals, school boards, parents, students, researchers and others are saying “enough is enough” to test-and-punish policies like No Child Left Behind. The federal NCLB and other state-imposed high-stakes testing policies have failed to improve our schools and, according to the National Research Council, have caused harm by increasing high school dropout rates. Our misguided national testing craze has squeezed out art, music, sports, social studies and science, even recess, and turned too many classrooms into test preparation centers. It's time for a new direction.

If you share these concerns, here are two things you can do. First, join the nearly 14,000 individuals and 475 organizations that have signed the National Resolution on High Stakes Testing. Second, join the rapidly growing numbers of people who are sharing FairTest’s infographic,“What’s wrong with standardized tests?” Share it on Facebook, twitter, email or on old-fashioned paper handouts.  

If you aren’t yet concerned but want to know what the fuss is about, check out the infographic. If you want to learn more, visit the FairTest web site for fact sheets, reports and other materials.

 What's wrong with standardized tests?

What's wrong with standardized tests?

Originally posted to LisaGuisbond on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 09:58 AM PST.

Also republished by Education Alternatives.

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  •  I didn't realize this was going to be a weekly ad (0+ / 0-)

    You bet I'm concerned.  I do a lot of grading for the College Board.  Replace that income for me, and then we can talk.

    -7.75, -8.10; Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Dave in Northridge on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:07:46 AM PST

    •  In other words, the TIC has taken hold (0+ / 0-)

      It was only a matter of time, I suppose!

    •  This is not a criticism of you as a grader, but (1+ / 0-)
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      the College Board grading system is crap psychometrically because of poor controls over grader drift, a subject I know something about because I taught psychometrics at the graduate level.  Someone to whom I'm very close who works at ETS agrees with my evaluation.  

      Educational standardized testing in general is given much more credence than the actual evidence for its usefulness justifies, with the whole school "reform" movement making the most basic, primitive mistake about test scores warned against in psychometrics courses:  they reify it -- I.e., treat a score as though it is the same as some actual thing (intelligence, ability, achievement, etc.).  

    •  What's in it for me? (1+ / 0-)
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      Do not want to make this personal, but isn't your attitude exactly what is wrong with America today? Greed and personal benefit outweigh justice and social good. College Board is another testing organization paying top staff seven figures and advertising itself as a non-profit. AP and SAT are money making rackets more than they are movements to improve education. Data shows that SAT scores are not as indicative of success in college as high school transcripts yet we keep feeding this testing monster and make every college bound student pay fealty to them. Many AP courses are just drill and skill test prep courses that undermine deep understanding and love of learning. Testing is just a way to make money and that money comes out of the classroom. It is a zero sum game.

    •  The fact that someone makes money from an activity (0+ / 0-)

      does not make it good for society.

      For instance, a huge amount of money is made by individuals in drug trafficking, yet almost all members of civilized society would readily admit that trafficking in illegal drugs does not benefit society.

  •  Do you propose any alternatives? (0+ / 0-)
  •  #1 Wrong: We don't have "standardized" kids (1+ / 0-)
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    Has anyone else noticed that those who most rail against "standardized" medicine are most often the ones who also rail that we must have "standardized" education?

    A dear friend recently shared how well her two adult daughters are doing in life.  I had the joy of teaching them both in elementary school.  The oldest was the ultimate student.  The younger one was different like night and day.  Mom and I could never agree on what to do.  The older girl has all of her advanced degrees.  The delight from this Christmas letter is that the younger one, happy as ever, is enrolled in an advanced degree program.

    Like me, other educators have many stories like this one.  The point of all this is that children, like adults, all need to be treated and educated as individuals.  The "one-size-fits-all" approach of the widget counters is NOT what our country's educational system needs.

    "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (John Boner, Paul Ryan, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

    by Eman on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 11:14:21 AM PST

  •  Well the organization where I work (0+ / 0-)

    carries out test preparation and assists all other aspects of the college admission process.  

    We spend a lot of time teaching students how to improve their reading, writing, and math skills in order to do well on the exams.  We also teach them to think carefully about their choices on the reading section in terms of doing some very tight critical thinking.  

    Overall we also teach the students that the standardized testing is just one part of the entire application process.  

    The tests simply cannot be the only factor in determining what is happening with a student, a classroom, or a teacher.  However, I firmly believe that standardized does provide useful information and can be an effective part of an assessment program.  

    It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

    by ciganka on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 11:51:29 AM PST

  •  Without these tests, and the unfair difference in (0+ / 0-)

    their importance depending on if a school is public or corporately owned, how can the Bush family steal our education tax dollars?

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