Thompson: Bill Tucker's Incomplete Tally Of Testing Costs
I have no idea how much America spends on testing, and neither does the Education Sector's Bill Tucker. Tucker's "The Truth About Testing Costs" listed some costs and problems with testing but ducked the real issues. Tucker should have evaluated the learning time wasted on preparing for tests that do not align well with meaningful ideas and skills, and to estimate the price tag for the time devoted to ineffective test prep. A complete estimate of the costs of testing would include the billions of dollars of computer systems and the opportunity costs of transforming digital technologies into systems for command and control. Another big cost is the diversion of professional development investments to training educators how to jack up their scores. Standardized testing is the point of the spear in our educational civil war, and it has made our fratricidal conflict more costly. (By the way, Tucker also called for an end of "vitriol." This is the same Bill Tucker who wrote in a previous post, Scholarly Discourse, that "Tea Party activist Education historian Diane Ravitch, agitating educating her 20,000+ Twitter followers about readiness assessment programs ...?") - JT (@drjohnthompson)Image via.