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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Overtesting is Driving Away the Best Teachers
(Are you a supporter of public education and concerned about the overtesting of our children in the Suburban Philadelphia
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Overtesting is driving away the best teachers. Ever wonder why there are
so many new tests to assess our kids in the fall and spring (often called
benchmark assessments)? The State is testing our children even more to use their scores
to evaluate teachers & principals... Even if a teacher doesn’t teach a
Pennsylvania Public School Teachers will be evaluated
50% by our kid’s data.
In a NY Times Op Ed, a teacher questions this practice:
"… Why do we want a narrow, inaccurate, partial and costly evaluation of
teachers through additional student testing? It flies in the face of the best
that our “Common Core Standards” promises and demonizes teachers, chaining them
to a myopic view of their job: pushing students to constantly meet meaningless
short-term goals...If the purpose of evaluating teachers was to help improve
instruction, we wouldn’t be testing children overtime and further narrowing
curriculum to figure it out. We would be developing tools to measure the quality of the instruction teachers provide
every day, and we would focus on only those qualities of sound teaching that
are critical to student learning.
How long can our best teachers hang on in this
plunge to the bottom? Sadly, I think we’ll find out sooner than we’d