Tuesday Talk: What’s the role of testing?
Over the weekend, No Child Left Behind turned 10. It has done two positive things: identified the achievement gap and united the policy’s opposition. Much of the criticism focuses on NCLB’s over-reliance on high-stakes testing, and the narrow teaching, unfair labeling and punishments such tests produce. As Congress works on NCLB’s replacement, there’s no doubt some form of testing will be part of the mix.
What is the proper role for standardized testing in 21st century education? How do we move past NCLB?