This is an interesting, but not really surprising, article from The New York Times. I’m appalled every year to see how much time is dedicated to standardized testing at Moose’s school–two full weeks! And the atmosphere in the school for those two weeks is dismal. Just who are these tests supposed to benefit exactly?
“There is a saying that U.S. students are the most tested, and the least examined, of any in the world. American policymakers are quick to turn to testing to cure whatever problems they think exist in schools. Because teachers’ judgment is mistrusted, we test students in the United States more than any other nation, in the mistaken belief that testing produces greater learning.”