"What we really should be asking is why we are assessing students in the first place." Kohn
Why do people look at me like I am stupid whenever I ask this question?
"Some of this pressure originates from state capitals, of course. However, school district administrators often com... http://tl.gd/9nld3i
I think this statement sums it up pretty nicely the message I was trying to get across with my last weekly tech tip on infographics:
"Some of this pressure originates from state capitals, of course. However, school district administrators often compound the harm by adding tests, sometimes those that are least informative (by virtue of being norm-referenced) and most destructive (by virtue of how teachers end up creating a dumbed-down, test-driven curriculum). All of this is done, of course, in the name of tougher standards and accountability, but, as any good teacher could tell you, the practical result is that the intellectual life is squeezed out of classrooms." Kohn
"when we get carried away with results, we wind up, paradoxically, with results that are less than ideal." Kohn
Does anyone remember these 3d posters that were real popular in the early 1990's? I think improving scores on tests are a bit like trying to see the 3d image in these stereograms. If you focus on the object, the subject disappears.
"genuine interest in it or excitement about the whole idea of learning often begins to evaporate as soon as achieve... http://tl.gd/9nlg48
"When the point isn't to figure things out but to prove how good you are, it's often hard to cope with being less than good." Kohn
"to reassure such a student that 'a 92 is still very good' or that we're sure he'll 'do better next time' doesn't j... http://tl.gd/9nlkqs