"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Friday, January 11, 2013

The move to all-computer testing = start of a boondoggle

Sent to the Los Angeles Daily News, January 10

The move to all-computer testing (“State schools chief proposes replacing paper Scantron tests with computer-based ones,” January 8) is the start of a huge boondoggle. After every student is connected, the set-up will be declared obsolete and need to be upgraded or replaced. The schools will cheerfully pay up, eager for the "newest" technology, and computer companies will cheerfully accept their money.

I have nothing against private enterprise making an honest profit for providing a needed service or useful product. But in this case there is no evidence that the product is needed or useful. We are about to waste a gigantic amount of money that is badly needed elsewhere, and where it can be put to much better use.

Stephen Krashen
Original article: http://www.dailynews.com/ci_22333360/state-schools-chief-proposes-new-statewide-testing-system?source=most_emailed

HT: Anna Koval (hat-tip)

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