Today was our second of four days testing kids. Keep in mind that this is only the ninth day of the new school year.
I know that teachers must have an idea of the abilities and skills of their students in order to proceed with appropriate instruction during the year. But, with the number of times the computers froze and crashed, with the rising levels of student frustration and burn-out, and with the disruption to the regular school day, exactly how reliable are the results of this round of assessment truly going to be?
This will probably be viewed as heresy by those teachers and administrators groomed in an era proud of the art of “drilling down” through data, but I’m going to be honest: Most large-scale assessments are not an accurate assessment of the ability of our children.
One would think that a person who has been in the profession for more than three decades – fifteen of those years as a school administrator – would be joyfully embracing the overabundant piles of data points gleaned from each onslaught of testing. But, at the risk of sounding like an old codger, I proudly assert that there are much better ways to know what our students are capable of doing....