US academic critical of high stakes tests
20th January 2010

Diane Ravitch, a New York based educationalist, argues that too mush testing (like Australia's NAPLAN) is educationally unsound.  The thread containing her comments can be found at.  Ravitch argues:

The economists, statisticans, and number-crunchers with MBA degrees are trying to turn education into a data-driven activity, where we can keep score and find out who "won." But that’s not education! As Senechal points out, good teachers have mastery and love of whatever they teach, and the data will not reflect that. In fact, the data will capture only the narrowest aspects of schooling (not education), which is whether students get higher scores on standardized tests of basic skills. Children can be trained to get the right answer, like parrots or seals, but the higher scores are not a measure of a good education or a good teacher.”
-Diane Ravitch

 

 

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US academic critical of high stakes tests
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