In BIDEN ADMINISTRATION MAKES ITS FIRST DUMB MOVE AND REQUIRES STANDARDIZED TESTS THIS YEAR, I shared a number of articles highlighting both lack of wisdom involved in ever placing much weight into them, as well as specific critiques against doing them this year.
Since the decision, many people much smarter than me have come out with even more clear-headed analysis about why the Biden Administration decision was a big mistake. We can only hope that, unlike Trump, President Biden is willing to admit when makes an error and fix it (though I’m not holding my breath).
Here are some commentaries worth reading:
This year’s state test results will be tough to make sense of, experts warn is from Chalkbeat.
OPINION: Resuming universal standardized testing in America’s public schools would be ‘foolhardy’ appeared in The Hechinger Report.
I mean this very earnestly: Can someone please offer a *concrete* description of Phase 2? https://t.co/QQ8HuPXpXH
— Matt Barnum (@matt_barnum) February 24, 2021
Perhaps rather than mandating traditional state testing regimes, this would be a good time for a massive, rapid federally directed program of rethinking assessment for “system monitoring” (low stakes data collection/analysis) purposes? https://t.co/ONljliqJjM
— Bruce D. Baker (@SchlFinance101) February 24, 2021
If you have never been an educator, you should not be leading on matters of education in our country.
All of the data that they claim they need standardized tests to analyze can be better understood by speaking with the educators in our classrooms. pic.twitter.com/MMsQ3CnswR
— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) February 23, 2021
If we’re so worried about students’ mental health, you know what causes students a great deal of stress under normal circumstances? Standardized testing. You know what’s going to be worse for their mental health? Standardized testing that’s meant to “prove” they haven’t learned.
— Lara Maths (@LaraMathcalf) February 23, 2021
The question about validity of the tests is a big one. Issues include: 1) a non-random group of students don’t take the tests 2) it’s taken over different times (spring vs. fall) 3) it’s taken in different contexts (remote vs. in person) https://t.co/RwARCNAaj9
— Matt Barnum (@matt_barnum) February 23, 2021