We're playing soccer.
"Suppose, during the game, that no one can see if the ball goes into the net on a shot on goal; only the official scorer can see this but the result is not reported during the game. Finally, imagine if the only feedback players and coaches get from the game is delivered four weeks later as a final score. Who would improve under such a system? Who would meet soccer Standards other than gifted players under such a system? Yet this is how assessment works in school: there is little correlation between local grading and state standards and tests, feedback from standards-based tests comes too late to use for improvement, and there is too little detail in the feedback."
Ok, I like this idea of returning the tests to the children and showing them which answers they got wrong... maybe having the teacher take a class period to discuss why most kids got problem three incorrect. But I have a real problem with where the blogger *seems* to be heading: toward the standardisation of teacher evaluation and even the classes themselves in order to align with state testing objectives. I'm imagining the teachers' unions should (and I'd agree with 'em for once!) fight that idea tooth and nail.
But the streamlining of classes to help students pass state tests? I suppose one could argue that everyone is already TRYING to align themselves with state testing objectives... that that is a given... and that standardising the classes themselves so that students perform well on the tests simply makes the process more efficient.
Beh. I would like to see my local teacher make up her own class, and her own assessments for the class. It would be nice if the teacher were told by the school board (not the state!) that this year in second grade, we'd like the children to be able to multiply two-digit numbers and tell time, please. Go do that however you want to do that.
And then Mrs. Smith goes off, chooses her curriculum and figures out how to make all her students able to accomplish this goal. I know some children won't make the goal but mostly? No reason Mrs. Smith shouldn't be able to teach from her fave textbook. I don't like how every third grade classroom contains all the same materials. There's just no escape that way. I could move across town and find my child is using the same crapola I didn't like in the last school. Blehhh, and my child would be doing all the same stuff in the same order and there would be no surprises.
When I was a kid and I moved? They'd surprise you. You just never knew if you'd arrive ahead or behind the game. Some places even had new numbers and letters like "Zed" and "Ought."