Dr. Sandra Stotsky: It is time for the Bay State’s own legislature to do some prolonged investigations of the costs and benefits of “performance-based assessments.” before agreeing to their possibility.
“An approach to education based on standards invariably results in checklists being brought out and omissions noted, rather than accomplishments cited.”
ACT announced last week that they won a contract to provide a standardized assessment for a moral education program for students in the UAE.
In a report on reforming the K-12 education regulatory process, Michael Q. McShane advocates for fewer and simpler standards, assessing less, and letting schools choose from multiple assessments.
Wendy Hart: Instead of wondering how kids are doing on state assessments and whether a school is “good” based on the assessment scores, we need to be asking what are these assessments supposed to be measuring and how do we know they really are measuring what they claim?
Denis Ian: Education’s deep spiral has now hit bottom. And the thud you hear? That’s your child’s head … hittin’ the wall.
Shane Vander Hart: Wisdom, like perseverance, grit, and other characteristics social emotional learning focuses on is subjective.
If teachers are really supposed to adjust their teaching methods due to standardized assessment results, then getting them a year late doesn’t help.
What can teachers do if they had an additional 23 hours with their students instead of taking a standardized test that frankly doesn’t help students?
Support for the Common Core State Standards has dropped 40 points since 2012 according to an annual poll conducted by Education Next.