The Pendulum Swings Back: High Stakes Testing

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  1. Tyler B.

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    10 years ago No Child Left Behind started in Texas. The negative effects of high stakes testing have become abundantly clear: they do not help schools improve and they are actually destructive.

    Now over 200 Texas school boards have come out against the testing.
    http://www.tasanet.org/sites/tasa/files/gr/2012/sampleresolution.pdf

    Maybe we are seeing the beginning of the change. Let's hope, wherever the pendulum ends up, policy makers pay attention to what teachers and researchers say.


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    Interesting. Is Texas adopting the CCSS?
     
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    We can only hope...
     
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    If one group is getting together to push for a change there may be a knock on effect to other school communities. So teachers should probably get ready for another change, hopefully for the better.
     
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    Unfortunately 200 sounds like a big number but I don't think that's a lot of school boards based on the size of Texas. I think we probably have 1,000's of districts.

    I work for one of the largest districts in the state and more and more "stakes" are being based on testing. Our evaluations are now based 50% on test scores. They just revamped our state tests to make them more challenging. I don't think it will go away here anytime soon.
     
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    My district isn't on that list.
     
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    KinderCowgirl, you are right. There are over 1,000 districts, but 200 is a start.

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    Our school district is just now implementing a new teacher evaluation system based 50% on High Stakes test scores.... ?
     
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    North Carolina has reached the same recognition and finally took the first baby step away from high-stakes testing last year. Students are no longer required to pass the End of Grade tests to move up, but the tests are still given for "assessment purposes" and, sadly, still count as a large part of teacher evaluations.

    So the pendulum may have reached the apex of it's swing, but we are still in that momentary pause before it begins swinging the other way.
     

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