A colleague in Texas writes:
Before we start
throwing babies out with the bath water ---
Take a look at
the math test for 5th grade
absolutely NOT, a rote mathematics test that can be prepared for with drill and
kill sheets (although I'm sure some are trying).
This test looks
very sophisticated. Don't we want this kind of sophisticated thinking?
If we throw
out accountability-- schools will rush back to math basics.
If we can solve
the mess of HIGH stakes testing and keep the pressure on schools to prepare
kids for sophisticated thinking AND include college as part of an
accountability system then we may move forward.
It strikes me
that these tests are being designed to stop people from trying to TEACH to the
test-- but the system seems to know no other way of addressing the
AND the more I
read progressive bloggers-- the more obvious it becomes that they just don't
think kids can perform.
Which seems to
please a lot of 'progressives'- personally I thought it was crap.
And I was not
surprised to see that this same guy wrote this