ADVERTISEMENT


Isn't there a better way? A rant on standardized testing...

     In the newspaper today the MCAS results are listed, every school and the percentage of children who scored "proficient" or above. (MCAS is the required standardized in Massachusetts.) On the top of the page are the schools who had the highest percentage of children deemed "advanced" - and the lowest. I've never been a fan of standardized tests, but this is the first time it has really bothered me to see these numbers. All this chart tells you is how many children are good at taking standardized tests. What about the children who are talented artists? Who can write beautiful stories? Who excel at technology? There are so many things these tests can't assess.
    My father is dyslexic and didn't learn to read until he was nearly 30. A test like this would have caught this immediately and said he was "failing." What a test couldn't tell you was that this is a man who can fix anything. It's almost instinctive, even when he doesn't really know what he's doing. He plays around with something and suddenly, it's working again!
       I understand the desire to monitor how school children are doing, to have country-wide education requirements to make sure children are learning what they need. But I worry that students will take a number on a test and use it against their self-worth. Isn't there a better way?

    What are your thoughts on standardized tests? I'd love to hear them!

Views: 27

Comment

You need to be a member of Mom Bloggers Club to add comments!

Join Mom Bloggers Club

Our Latest Food, Travel & Lifestyle Posts

How to Easily Teach Your Kids to Save, Spend, and Share Money

By Anne Carr 

The other day we were in Target and an automated piggy bank made by a big brand caught our eye. Our youngest daughter really wanted it! The piggy bank would count all of the money automatically as your child put more and more money into it. On one hand we thought it was…

OUR DAILY PINS

Latest Activity

Lauren Kinghorn left a comment for Shelby Stover
8 minutes ago
MomsVitality replied to Belle Bermudez-Tubel's discussion 'Post your link here and get followers and/or subscribers'
1 hour ago
MomsVitality posted a discussion
1 hour ago
MomsVitality replied to Fiza Khan's discussion 'Post Your Link Here and Get Followers'
1 hour ago
MomsVitality replied to Fiza Khan's discussion 'Post Your Link Here and Get Followers'
1 hour ago
Profile IconMom Bloggers Club via Facebook
Thumbnail

Get excited 4 upcoming "Let's Talk Blogging" #SheSavvy Twitter Party | $300 in Cash Prizes | RSVP bit.ly/iamsavvy #ad…

See More
Facebook2 hours ago · Reply
Janine Hill replied to Fiza Khan's discussion 'Post Your Link Here and Get Followers'
2 hours ago
Jude-Anne Phillip joined One Savvy Mom!'s group
3 hours ago

Advertisement

© 2016   Created by Mom Bloggers Club.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service