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Will We Ever Learn?
|Posted By: Dick Schutz on December 26, 2008|
|This article was published in 2000! A 1998 reference quoted in the article tells the story:|
"In general, the conclusion [from a review of MCAS items] was that the tests were very much like all the other standardized tests we have reviewed over the years; that they might be difficult for many students, not because they are particularly rigorous or challenging, but because they are long, tedious, lacking in a genuine performance base, and filled with ambiguities; and that the tests are likely to dampen student achievement by undermining quality."
That's as true today as it was 10 years ago. Students understand this more clearly than testing experts and policy makers. This is both sad and scary.
Incidentally, the kids' drawing demonstrate schools don't do a good job of teaching art either. Among other kids don't do well is draw a graphic.