A Quick Digression Regarding Standardized Testing

“Okay, these are the kids on the bubble, so we need to focus remediating them the most before spring testing.”

“If we can get 10 more kids in this pull-out group to pass, we’ll meet AYP.”

“We have to prioritize which kids we think we can get to proficiency and those we can’t.”

When NCLB was passed, we were told that we wouldn’t have to teach to the test. We were told it would not take priority over standard instruction. After seven years, not only are we teaching to the test, but we are gaming our instruction to increase our odds of meeting AYP expectations.

I sincerely hope our president-elect takes a long, hard look at the adverse effects this bipartisan piece of legislation has wrought.

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