August 8, 2005

Low-stakes testing promoted by high-stakes advocate

A guest blogger at the Progressive Policy Institute's Eduwonk proposes that all students in AP courses take the AP tests as an incentive for teachers to focus on the official Advanced Placement curriculum. Let me get this right, according to the author:

It's no shame to fail: for kids, they learn what college rigor is really like; for schools, teachers work together using the AP data to make adjustments on how to improve their classes.

In other words, because kids who take the tests have their grades based on their work in the class, rather than the test, the tests shouldn't be shirked. And the tests should be used for internal evaluation purposes by the teachers and schools. Hmmn... that sounds like low-stakes testing to me.

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Posted in Education policy on August 8, 2005 1:56 PM |