22 Feb Standardized Tests: The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly
Standardized testing is one of the most passionately debated education topics in America. As a veteran teacher with more than 20 years of teaching experience in Missouri and Florida, I say with confidence, my fellow teachers and I are not afraid of evaluation based in part on our students’ performance.
Our purpose is to ensure that our students are successful in school and life. However, we object to the thought that students’ performance on a single test alone is a valid measure of what they have learned or how well we have taught them.
As teachers, we are more worried about the impact of standardized tests on our students than on ourselves. Therefore, an honest look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of standardized testing is necessary.
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