Daily Archives: March 24, 2014

Sahlberg: The Only Standardized Test that Finnish Students Take

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Finnish students almost never take a standardized test. They take tests written by their teachers. There is one test, however, that students take at the end of high school. It is the same…

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With VAM: All Teachers of the Gifted Are “Bad” Teachers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In this age of value-added measurement, when teachers are judged by the rise or fall of their students’ test scores, it is very dangerous to teach gifted classes. Their scores are already at…

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Texas: Parents Opt Their Child Out of Testing and Test Prep

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Kyle and Jennifer Massey in Waco, Texas, wrote a respectful letter to their child’s principal explaining why they would not permit him to take the state STAAR tests or to engage in test…

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Peter Greene: Why Standardized Testing Sucks

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene here explains what most teachers know about standardized testing. It is a monumental waste of time and money. It doesn’t reflect what students were taught or learned. He writes: “Standardized testing…

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