Thompson: Student Assessments Facing Backlash
Morgan's Smith's NYT piece In Texas, a Backlash Against Student Testing provides more great news that the standardized testing craze is cresting. Robert Scott, the commissioner of the Texas Education Agency, said that student testing has become a “perversion of its original intent" and that he plans to start “reeling it back.” For his comments, Scott received a standing ovation from 4,000 educators. The Smith article also reconrts the courageous resistance of educators, all of the way up to the superintendent level, and how one parent took action after testing stressed out her child. Upon looking at what was happening at the school, she found that her child's class was just a "work sheet distribution center." As we praise this new realism, should we not all do some soul searching? Very few of us have shown enough guts in resisting the damage that the bubble-in mania has inflicted on kids.-JT (@drjohnthompson)Image via.