Although high-stakes high-pressure testing is a big part of our educational system, it turns out that standardized testing has some drawbacks. Here's a look at what's wrong with standardized testing according to FairTest:
Here's an informative PDF with information on testing and young children put together by FairTest and Defending The Early Years.
Here are some general guidelines for parents considering opting their children out of standardized testing. The PDF was put together by United Opt Out. Check out more information on why and how to opt out here.
According to FairTest, the national center for fair & open testing, "Testing overuse and misuse is damaging public education. It eats up classroom time, narrows curriculum and drives many students out of school. It perpetuates a false narrative of failure and puts schools in low-income communities at risk of closure or privatization." Some quotes about … Continue reading Just Say No To The Test
As with the past research using ECERS-R and CLASS Pre-K (Burchinal et al., 2011; Burchinal, Zaslow, & Tarullo, 2016), the associations between ECERS-3 and children’s outcomes are either nonsignificant or small, raising general questions about the field’s tools for measuring quality. There are several possible explanations for these weak associations, and it is possible that several of them are true simultaneously.
It seems that more people are catching on to the idea that over-scheduling kids' lives and signing them up for every extracurricular activity imaginable is perhaps not so great for them. Nor is focusing on standardized test scores in schools, to the detriment of outdoor play time. Kids need play. For them, play is everything; it is how they learn to operate in this world.
It’s true that old-fashioned course grades, skewed by grade inflation and inconsistency among schools and disciplines, can’t tell us everything about what students have learned. But the ballooning assessment industry — including the tech companies and consulting firms that profit from assessment — is a symptom of higher education’s crisis, not a solution to it.
Thousands of teachers have been caught cheating to try to improve their pupils’ test results, figures from one of the country’s leading exam boards show. Nearly 2,300 malpractice offences were committed by staff in educational institutions offering OCR exams between 2012 and 2016, according to data obtained through a freedom of information request by the Sunday Times. More than half of the teachers committing malpractice offences were accused of providing “improper assistance” to students taking exams. In comparison, there were 3,603 cases of candidates being caught cheating over the same period.