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Predictable tech glitches: More state tests disrupted. Ready, fire, aim!

Predictable tech glitches: More state tests disrupted. Ready, fire, aim! | MASSP News | Scoop.it

First Indiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Minnesota. 

 

As reported by Education Week, State Online Testing Problems Continue to Raise Concerns. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/05/03/30testing.h32.html?r=946252590

 

Now Virginia!

 

The Washington Post reports that Fairfax County Schools (Virginia) acknowledged “significant problems” administering the state standards of learning tests. In one of the nation's largest school districts, thousands of the 41,975 tests administered on Thursday alone are affected and results called into question.


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, May 24, 2013 9:21 AM

Self-proclaimed school reform experts continue to underestimate the challenges in moving so rapidly from paper to online tests! Their arrogance and lack of respect for educators is reflected in their repeated refusals to ask anyone who has actually made such a transition. Obviously, they are afraid they may get an answer they don't want to hear.


Keep in mind:


  • This school district has a decade of experience with online testing. What will happen in states with no experience?
  • These tests are barriers to graduation.
  • Teachers will still be held accountable for the results.


While online testing is the way to go, I have been warning everyone that it takes a few years to work out the glitches when transitioning from paper tests to online testing. I should know because I learned this through experience in a state with eleven high-stakes EOC exams at the high school level that were barriers to graduation. We had four years to make the full transition and it was still a huge task. Doing this in one year is a recipe for disaster.

Les Howard's curator insight, May 24, 2013 9:51 AM

Worth reading Mel Riddle's comment.

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School administrators universally understand that to be successful, they must be "instructional leaders." This means attending to the professional growth and development of teachers so that teachers may, in turn, have a more significant impact on student learning outcomes.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 21, 2013 1:08 PM

The findings make sense. A caveat to the time spent mentoring teachers is we need to return to the thinking that created the role of the "principal teacher." We have move away from that.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 24, 10:14 PM

The point about principals seeming to forget about their classroom experiences is what I saw with many principals, first year and beyond, particularly towards the end of my teaching. It coincided with their desire to create an imprint of a few of their favourite things i.e. digital technologies, 7 Habits, organize complementary courses, etc.

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