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Published in USA Today


This is an online letter--with some good questions that are worth asking over and over.

Please do an investigation on state tests!

Some questions may include:

*how do you define achievement;

*what is a formative/summative assessment;

* how do teachers use formative assessments;

*how/why do educators collaborate; will they with Race to the Top;

*how are test questions chosen and created;

*how are the tests scored;

*who scores the tests;

*what are their qualifications/pay;

*are companies making money from the tests;

*how much do they lobby for their tests;

*how much do these companies contribute to political campaigns;

*how valid are the test questions;

*how are they biased;

*do the tests create the curriculum;

*do the tests inform instruction;

*what exactly do these tests measure;

*define reading; how does the test define reading;

*define writing; how does the test define writing;

*is there corruption associated with these tests; where does the money trail lead:

*how many weeks are kids tested;

*what time of year do the tests place;

*do universities support state tests;

*do trades support state tests;

*are students happy going to school when their curriculum is test preparation;

*how many schools have a library/how is the library staffed;

* how many students have art;

* how many students have music?


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