What Should Be Done About Standardized Tests?

I read an interesting article that that give the opinions of five different educational experts about NCLB and standardized testing. Their viewpoints are varied and their perspectives quite different. Some excerpts:

"Do you know that almost all of the standardized tests now being employed to judge school quality are unable to distinguish between well taught and badly taught students?"

"Those instruments may not be perfect, or even good at identifying scholastic aptitudes, but boy are they good at telling us who the best test-takers are."

"This testing is valuable. Without it, parents, taxpayers, and policymakers would have a tough time knowing how well schools were performing."

"High quality assessment is an educational necessity. But high-stakes standardized tests harm educational quality and promote inequity."

Read the full article here on the New York Times then tell me what you think by commenting.


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