Monday, February 26, 2007

Study says students are learning less

Another from O'Hanian's site. You have read this. It is all over. Everywhere. But this post come with comments from a CA teacher. He asks questions we should all be asking...

California Teacher Comment:
This article has made me so angry I'm finding it hard to concentrate on anything else.
  • Why do they think that one test would be more valid than all of the courses and all of the assignments completed by these kids?

  • Why are they accepting that a standardized test is a more accurate measure of students' ability than coursework?

  • Why does no one trust teachers anymore?

  • Why do they automatically assume that there is grade inflation and course inflation and not that the test is unreliable and invalid?

  • Why don't they take other variables into consideration, like the fact that there was a 57.4 (% increase) in foreign population in the U.S. from 1990 to 2000?

  • Or that maybe the seniors didn't take the test seriously whereas they took their courses seriously.

  • Arrgh!

    Arrgh! Indeed!

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