The truth about standardized testing -- and it's not pretty.
|Scooped by Jenny Sloane|
I think this post explains out numerous important destructive consquences of testing. However, there a few points that I want to delve into that I think are really important and that I have not mentioned in depth before. The first shocking consequence is that great teachers are leaving the field. With transitioning to Common Core school curricula are becoming much more strict and ordered for exactly how the teacher should teach. There is no longer that freedom for the teacher to educate his/her students in whatever style he/she thinks is most appropriate. This is really unfortunate because it means some of the greatest teachers no longer have a desire or motivation to teach. I would hope that most teacher enter the profession out of a passion for educating students. However, when the curriculum begins to change to make it so the teacher needs to "teach to the test" I can understand why teacher's may lose that passion. I think it is really interesting that this article says that the focus on standardized testing "leads to more and more families opting for homeschooling or private schools". Homeschooling was another one of my topics I did research on. Even though I now see there are some advantages to homeschooling, I still think there are several huge disadvantages. For those who may not be able to afford private schools, I do not think it's fair to have homeschooling as really their only option. Finally, I want to talk about what tests show, which is briefly shown in this article and I also discussed this issue in another education class. Research has shown that test scores are poistively correlated with neighborhooods, zip codes, and income level. Therefore, it makes me question do tests actually measure intelligence?