Particularly with the big question of civil rights looming over the debate, I've been concerned by this oversimplification. I'm relieved, therefore, to see Bruce Baker add his voice today in a post entitled "Cutting Through the Stupid in the Debate Over Annual Testing." Baker says:
I would have to quote all of Baker's post to make his point, so instead I will urge you to go read his post in full.Missed in most of the conversation are the valid, relevant uses of student assessments, and the different uses, and approaches to using testing, measurement, large and small scale assessment in our schooling system.Mixed in with this discussion of late is whether annual testing enhances the civil rights of children, or erodes them.
UPDATE: And consider this, as well: