Just What Are We Assessing? (Sigh)

High-stakes reading comprehension exams, at least one that I know of, for high-school students give line references pointing to the source for the correct answers to each question. It is possible to get a perfect score without ever having read the passage--just having used the cues. What, then, is being assessed? Certainly not ability to … Continue reading Just What Are We Assessing? (Sigh)

"Data Driven Instruction"

Mark Naison, a tireless proponent of common sense in education and politics, has reminded me of the Orwellian aspects of "Data Driven Instruction." He writes:Anyone who thinks this approach is going to improve the quality of instruction, and create better relationships between teachers, students and parents, is sorely mistaken. It will increase the stress level … Continue reading "Data Driven Instruction"