Arne Duncan: Those Who Really Care About Education
that increasing testing does not increase achievement. Rather, it
converts schools into test-prep factories, encouraging the learning of
test-taking strategies that result in higher scores without students
construction, validation, revision, etc. at a time when schools are
already very short of funds, when many science classes have no lab
equipment, school libraries (those that are left) have few books, many
school bathrooms lack toilet paper, school years are being shortened,
and teachers are losing their jobs.
Those who really care about education, those who have carefully
studied the issues and understand what goes on in classrooms and in
students' lives, support a policy of "no unnecessary testing," testing
only as much as we need to, and no more.
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