November 8, 2011

Do we owe students a good test score?

While students remained home on election day, we teachers worked. As usual, our day without students consisted mainly of ubiquitous discussions of standardized tests and test preparation.

"As long as we have the test," one colleague announced, "we owe it to the kids to help them do well on it."

I pondered this briefly.

If standardized tests limit instruction, hinder learning and make students dislike school, as much research indicates, don't teachers owe students the opposite of a good score on the test?

Don't we owe them a hard-fought battle against standardized testing?