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  •  The MAP test is great (3+ / 0-)
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    Mostel26, Captain Pants, Texknight

    for allowing students and their teachers to know what their strengths and weaknesses are.  

    Unfortunately, all these high stakes tests really do not measure any signs of student success or teacher effectiveness beyond socioeconomic or background noise.

    Testing and remediation is a business to make money instead of improving society.

    •  not necessarily (4+ / 0-)
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      Mlle L, dizzydean, Cassiodorus, cocinero

      they perhaps could be if students took them seriously, but the teachers at Garfield HS note pointedly that the students do not.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 05:51:33 AM PST

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      •  True (3+ / 0-)
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        Mostel26, teacherken, cocinero

        We have standardized tests in Michigan where the accountability is for everyone but the student.

        Why should they care to do their best on the test?

        If the test is used properly as a diagnostic tool for helping the student achieve (which it was designed to do) instead of a cudgel for the teachers and school systems, students may be more inclined to use it and try their best.

        But students have now caught on that they can play the game too.  There is no incentive to them to do well on the test, so they have no reason to try.

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