Kids Are Not A Test Score

I read an interesting Reuters article on Yahoo 7 News today that I thought I’d share with you.

You can read the article here:

U.S. Parents Protest Surge In Standardised Testing

It seems many parents, teachers, and administrators protest that the high stakes exams are unfair, unreliable and unnecessarily punitive. This “standardized testing” is used in determining whether an 8-year-old advances to the next grade with their classmates; whether a teen can get his high school diploma; which teachers keep their jobs; how much those teachers are paid; and even which public schools are shut down or turned over to private management.

I remember when I was in elementary scool back in the 1960s and we all had to take the Iowa Basi Skills exam. I hated those tests and never felt that they truly represented my intelligence nor did they appropriately assess the information that I had learned in school. But despite my protests, I still had to take them!  😉

What about you? Did you have to take any “standardized testing” when you were in school? Did you like taking those tests? Did your parents complain about the testing?

Apparently some parents are very upset about the current “standardized testing,” so much so that “in New York City last week, several hundred parents and children rallied outside the offices of Pearson Education, a division of Pearson Plc, the nation’s largest testing company. To the jaunty accompaniment of a marching band, the protesters chanted, “More teaching, less testing” and “One, two, three, four … Kids are not a test score!””

While I probably wouldn’t go that far, I find it interesting that a group of parents did.

The article closes with:

The Obama Administration is also pushing states to develop standardized assessments for first- and second-graders – and even for 5-year-olds entering kindergarten, to test what they know of the alphabet, colours, shapes and other basics.

“Our system doesn’t know where kids are until their first standardised test kicks in, in third grade. By third grade, it’s frankly too late” to help students who have fallen way behind, said Peter Cunningham, an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education.

Cunningham acknowledged that all the testing has a downside. “Parents have an absolutely legitimate concern that when schools are teaching to the test, kids are not getting a well-rounded education,” he said.

“But the answer is not to abandon tests,” he said. “It’s to make better tests.”

So it looks like the dreaded testing will continue, (sorry kids!) but hopefully be more representative of the actual information being taught and learned by the children today.

Any thoughts on this? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Have a great day!

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