Testing, Assessment, Grading, Accountability… all good things when kept in context. Recently, it seems as if we have allowed high stakes testing to rule education. It’s the proverbial switch, you know where the tail is wagging the dog. Testing is a way to see if students are learning… but it is only ONE way. For some reason, we have allowed authorities to place undue emphasis on single tests. This should never be. One test is simply looking at one little pocket of time in a student’s life. One test doesn’t accurately paint a picture of that students total year long achievement.
Accountability should be placed on student’s overall performance in school and on standardized tests.