Too much testing? In the last week, policy makers have edged a little closer to what teachers, parents, and students have been saying for years -- too much class time is spent on assessments that become an end themselves. In a recent Washington Post article, Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of Great City Schools, was quoted as saying, "But it's time that we step back and see if the tail is wagging the dog." And in an article in the Christian Science Monitor, President Obama was quoted as saying, "I have directed [Education Secretary Arne] Duncan to support states and school districts in the effort to improve assessment of student learning so that parents and teachers have the information they need, that classroom time is used wisely, and assessments are one part of fair evaluation of teachers and accountability for schools."
The Council of Chief State School Officers and the Council of Great City Schools will work together, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, to evaluate the teting systems of all standardized state assessments. "In a survey of its 67 member districts, the Council of the Great City Schools found that students sit for an average of 113 standardized tests between preschool and 12th grade." Yikes!
Those of you who use Let's Go Learn, will happily note that a few days after these article appeared, EdWeek published an article about the growing interest in formative assessment. John Richards was quoted as saying, "we found a lot of excitement -- and therefore, demand -- around formative, adaptive assessments that support personalized learning."
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