Myra Blackmon: Test Abuse in Georgia

Diane Ravitch's blog

Myra Blackmon is a columnist for he Athens Banner-Herald, where this column appeared.

She writes:
It happened last year. They said problems were corrected. It happened again this year.

Once again, administration of the Georgia Milestones – those hideous tests that purport to measure student achievement and teacher effectiveness – was plagued with computer problems.

Only someone who has been asleep for the last three years should be surprised at this. Computer servers couldn’t handle the traffic, systems crashed, teachers wrung their hands, students wept in frustration.

As a result, test scores will not be used for retention or promotion decisions for students in grades 3, 5 and 8.

This isn’t accountability, friends – this is abuse. The Georgia Milestones abuse the money Georgia taxpayers spend on education.

Let’s put this waste and abuse into perspective. According to the state Department of Education, there are about 401,000 students in…

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