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

Monday, May 05, 2014

those brave new tests

Ed Week cheerfully reports field-tests for Smarter Balanced and PARCC tests are going jus' fine:"Early Reports Suggest Few Field-Testing Snags"
[http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/05/06/30fieldtest_ep.h33.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS1]
I posted this comment:
This "field-testing" seems to be mostly about technical aspects of implementation. I get the impression that analysis of the test items will be done later.  But there is no indication that the big questions will even be asked: Is all this testing, the largest investment in testing ever made, worth it? Will it improve student achievement?



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