After a break that was much too long I have updated the links on the Standardized Testing page. There are articles, organizations, research, editorials and much more. Please consider taking a look to view the importance of this issue as a taxpayer.
Testing is a billion dollar industry and in Indiana alone I have read that we pay close to $46 million a year (I’m still checking that number, I will update with confirmation one way or the other). Standardized tests do not drive instruction. Teachers do not score their own tests, they are not able to analyze their student’s thinking and instead are forced into silence. Teachers and students alike spend the majority of their time preparing for and taking standardized tests.
Assessment is a crucial part of instruction. In order to teach a child, we have to know where they’re at and then assess how they are progressing every single day. However, children are no more standardized than adults. They come to school with many different abilities and passions and for some reason we expect them to learn the exact same thing, one the exact same day, in the exact same way. This is all driven by standardized tests.