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  •  This is why teachers routinely give tests (4+ / 0-)

    quizzes and other assessments, that are developed by the teacher around material presented in class, are graded and returned to the student within a few days.

    There is no possible way that a commercially produced, standardized test can come anywhere close to providing a student the kind of feedback they need to know how they are doing, or provide a teacher with useful information to assess and modify the curriculum in real time.

    "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

    by Orinoco on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 02:28:09 PM PST

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    •  I agree with you mostly. (2+ / 0-)
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      blueoasis, Orinoco

      Standardized tests could be used to modify curriculum in subjects like math, but yes, teacher tests, or district tests would usually be superior measures.

      •  This is such a sad observation (0+ / 0-)

        The reason standardized tests could be used to modify curriculum in subjects like math is that so many math teachers simply follow math textbooks. A math teacher competent enough to develop a curriculum for actual students in a class would not be helped by a textbook coming out the following year with modifications based on a standardized test.

        Lag time between students taking a standardized test and teachers getting results means any curriculum modifications will not affect the current class.

        Students are not toasters being manufactured on a moving assembly line. For standardized testing to have any payoff at all, we must assume that they are.

        "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

        by Orinoco on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 02:40:14 PM PST

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