We knew this was coming… still, I’m not sure how I feel about it.
How will this benefit our students or our teaching? Good teaching practice is (or should) already based on an overall assessment of our students, rather than a snapshot as provided by standardized tests (as mentioned in the article). Are we not trusting teachers (as professionals) to be able to do their jobs? I’m interested to see the format of these tests.. multiple choice or are they testing for higher learning? How will one test assess all skills our students have without discouraging them? Are these tests just turning our students into data and statistics? They are individuals! How will the standardized tests accommodate for that?