The Myths of Standardized Tests: Why They Don’t Tell You What You Think They Do

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  • If you ask parents of 3rd grade students what they want their children to be they often say things like confident, kind, and happy. Yet we expect everyone to learn the same things, to the same level, at the same time? What is the point when everyone is unique? Our obsessive focus on academic “achievement” measured by tests has pushed other goals to the back of the bus. Our education system also includes families, other organizations, television, and the Internet. All of these should also be accountable. Their final push is to encourage parents and teachers to have an open line of communication. The authors also include 12 test-related questions that parents should ask teachers along with a resource guide, detailed notes, and a glossary.
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9 Responses to “The Myths of Standardized Tests: Why They Don’t Tell You What You Think They Do

  1. Dr. Don says:

    Every educator, administrator, government bureaucrat, and union leader should be required to read this book, and then tested on it in the same manner that our children are tested today. Better yet, this should probably be a seminar topic for required academic continuing education. Chart 14, “New Ideas for Genuine Accountability” brushes the surface and wets our appetite on a new direction and sounds like it could be the basis for Harris, Smith, and Harris’s next book.

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  4. Archangelo says:

    Standardized tests aren’t really meant to measure student achievement, but to provide an excuse to dump teachers.

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