May 23, 2006

Data and noise in high-stakes testing

Via Eduwonk, a thoughtful reflection on the graduation-exam lawsuit in California. The blogger, T.M.A.O., has a response that's full of interesting tensions. For example, there's the criticism of problematic high-stakes testing...

Like the outcome of a presidential election with pervasive voter fraud, the results of a high school exit exam emerging from a grossly unjust system provide no basis for forward thinking, only evidence of the need for reform.

... and then something on the obligations of schools ...
Lack of motivation, poverty, ELL status, family troubles—there is no excuse for the failure to educate kids, only poor attempts to rationalize and explain away that failure.

Kudos to her or him for expressing the tensions so well.

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Posted in Education policy on May 23, 2006 4:55 PM |