Is Standardized Testing Producing a Creativity Crisis?

Rae Pica with Paul Reville, Jay Mathews, Richard P. Phelps, Ph.D., Cheri Sterman

Are American students falling behind in their ability to think and solve problems creatively? Is the focus on standardized testing and high-stakes accountability obscuring our ability to truly prepare students for work and life in the 21st century? Are testing and developing creativity mutually exclusive? What can teachers do to encourage creativity in a climate where the emphasis is on standardized testing?

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May 8, 2009
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Paul Reville is State Secretary of Education in Massachusetts, Jay Mathews is the education columnist of the Washington Post. Richard P. Phelps, Ph.D., is editor and co-author of Correcting Fallacies about Educational and Psychological Testing (American Psychological Association) and Defending Standardized Testing (Psychology Press).Cheri Sterman is Director of Child Development at Crayola. Dr. Michael F. Shaughnessy is currently Professor of Education and Psychology at Eastern New Mexico University.
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