Teaching to the Test. Are standardized tests a help or a hindrance?. By Mary Lamping.
Teaching to the Test
Are standardized tests a help or a hindrance?
'It is our dream that students will ...experience their classrooms as invigorating, even inspiring environments - places they look forward to going to and places they hate to leave. It is our dream that they will come to know themselves as masters of various crafts...It is our dreams that ...they will come to love the process of learning itself... by making it their own.' Paideia Schools
The previous quote is exactly how I feel about literacy and learning. I want to teach students. I want them to learn, to have the knowledge to research and figure out anything they choose. I don’t want to teach them how to test, that is so limiting. I want to seethe light in their eyes when they “get” something. A child's mind is so full of possibilities, lets not waste it on testing.
I am not against all testing. As a teacher I want to see if my students are progressing. I would like to see a balance. There seems to be too many standards. Who’s standards are they? This presentation is just a small sampling of research out there suggesting a closer look at standardized testing and whether or not its effective. Thanks for watching.
What does it actually mean for a test to be standardized? Cronbach (1960) argued that standardized
tests were those in which the conditions and content were equal for all examinees.
How do I fit in?
One of our students once remarked, "I would do so much better on this test if it were my size." He was referring neither to the number of questions nor the font size; his meaning referred to the poor match between his ways of knowing and those valued on the exam. We suspect that many students of color feel this same sentiment.
Quintero, Kelly; Cooks, Jamal
Because there is no way to predict precisely which facts will be sought on the state tests, teachers feel pressured to turn courses into a "memory Olympics"; we simply cannot afford to spend the time probing beneath the headlines of history.
I sent out a survey among teachers where I work to get their thoughts on standardized testing. I interviewed these teachers after I looked over the surveys . I hope to
show their thoughts and how what they do affects literacy and if what they do is better than the test.
Statewide standardized tests force students to sacrifice learning about the
cultural complexities that define our society.
If we give our students the tools with which to learn, they can go anywhere and
Learn about anything. If we make them memorize useless facts that
they will never need we take away true learning.
'It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time'. Margery Williams
This quote is the essence of literacy and learning. We learn
over our entire lifetime, we don’t want to teach our students
to learn for the short term…….for the “test”. Our students
deserve and education for a lifetime, not a short term fix
to look good. Lets do real teaching to create real learning.
Life long learning.
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Ed. Kintgen, Ed. Kroll and Ed. Rose. 1st ed. Boston: Bedford/St Martins,
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Bartholomae, David. "Inventing the University." Literacy, A Critical Sourcebook. Ed. Cushman, Ed. Kintgen, Ed. Kroll and Ed. Rose.
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