Standardized testing is all about accountability.
We’ve got to keep schools accountable for teaching.
We’ve got to keep students accountable for learning.
It’s kind of a crazy idea when you stop to think about it – as if teachers wouldn’t teach and students wouldn’t learn unless someone was standing over them with a big stick. As if adults got into teaching because they didn’t want to educate kids or children went to school because they had no natural curiosity at all.
So we’ve got to threaten them into getting in line – students, teachers: march!
But that’s not even the strangest part. It’s this idea that that is where accountability stops.
No one has to keep the state or federal government accountable for providing the proper resources.
No one has to keep the testing companies accountable for creating fair and accurate assessments.
It’s just teachers and students.
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