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Test makers should not be driving instruction

I agree with Robert. In an era of high stakes testing, the issue is that the test makers are driving instruction when they are less qualified than classroom teachers. Test makers are experts in test theory, but not necessarily experts on education, learning theory, or the students we see daily. One standardized tests does not seem like a reliable or valid measure of student success. Rather, it is important for teachers to use objective data within the classroom to monitor students’ growth and development in fundamental skills in literacy, numeracy, and/or science. That seems to be a more legitimate way to signal the kind of instructional choices we want to make. Teaching to the test is a strategy that provides higher test scores but less able students – it is our moral obligation to choose what is best for our students critically and creatively over what test makers want to see in a standardized setting.

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