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* The DOE solution for narrowing the curriculum: Test everything
|Posted By: Stephen Krashen on August 15, 2012|
Rothberg notes that the National Research Council expressed concern about the narrowing of the curriculum resulting from test-based accountability. The solution that seems to be favored by the US Department of Education is to test everything.
In addition to math and reading, the current PARCC and SBEC plans are to add writing, and there are clear indications that other subjects will eventually be tested. Education Secretary Duncan, in his 2010 presentation “Beyond the Bubble Tests” encouraged standards and testing in “science, history, foreign languages, civics and the arts” and similar statements were made in the DOE’s Blueprint for Reform (US Department of Education, 2010).