This Testing Obsession Isn’t Getting Us Anywhere

“What they’re facing is this onslaught of tests that people are just twisting in knots, trying to hit some score on a standardized test, because if you don’t have your quota of kids that hit the cut score, someone gets punished,” Lily Eskelsen García told Fox 13 News in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“This testing obsession isn’t getting us anywhere. We want to look at the whole blessed child, and what that child needs to succeed.”

Watch this news report on Lily’s recent visit to Utah and the the annual Utah Education Association conference.

3 Responses to “This Testing Obsession Isn’t Getting Us Anywhere”

  1. Andy Goldstein

    At the Florida Education Association: “Our kids are not pawns for profits”

  2. Andy Goldstein

    Andy Goldstein speaks at the School Board of Palm Beach County, FL about the School Board’s Resolution on Accountability and the toxic environment currently going on in our schools with high-stakes testing. October 15, 2014.

  3. Richard Palzer

    Standardized testing has indeed become obsessive and overused. Many bright and capable students are not good test-takers; judging teacher performance by student test scores doesn’t account for student apathy, home circumstances students face, or even student antipathy toward a teacher. As for the “teaching-to-the-test” complaint, I’ve always responded that doing so isn’t a negative as long as the test can measure what’s being taught. Here’s the rub but also a possible solution: education professionals, including both teachers and administrators, need to devise evaluation instruments, beyond standardized tests, that measure student progress. If the test is valid


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