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antisatsalliance
 
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Everyone wants unnecessary testings of children stopped

Post Wed Aug 27, 2003 12:50 pm


STOP the Standard Attainment Tests (SATs) Campaign

* They don't help children to learn
* They don't help teachers to teach
* Teachers are put under pressure to "teach to the test"

For more information visit http://www.hertfordshirenut.org/SATs_Ca ... points.doc

pixelate
 
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Post Mon Sep 01, 2003 3:53 am


Perhaps if they taught well they wouldn't "freak out" and "teach to the test."

minoltaman
 
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Post Mon Sep 01, 2003 4:40 am


I agree....improve the teachers and schools and keep the tests. Dump the bad teachers, administrators and systems instead.

gillettecraig
 
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Post Thu Sep 04, 2003 7:48 pm


Yeah, don't test. Let it continue to be a surprise when our high school graduates can't work at the 7th grade level.

The tests are appropriate to determine the baseline and progress of the schools and the students. The taxpaying public wants to be able to gauge the effectiveness of the massive expenditures being made for the schools.

The issues of "teaching to the test" are results of poorly designed tests and improper administration of both rewards and punishments based on results. But that doesn't mean baselining and progress measurement shouldn't be done.

Special needs and situations shouldn't be confused with special interests. Special interests can't abide objective and quantifiable examination.

If you were to take this to a photographic analogy, if every time you sent film in for processing the results were sustandard, would you accept excuses? For how long? And if you were a processor, would you not want to examine your processes to see what wasn't succeeding? And then follow up to see if you had actually improved? Because as a supplier, if you can't get your product under control, you will lose your customers.

Testing and tracking is one of the methods you need to get your processes under control.

atkinson
 
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Post Fri Sep 05, 2003 12:33 am


I am not sure what this has to do with photography ... but I will bite! Standardized tests are not designed to teach anything; they are designed to evaluate whether a student is able to produce a score that might represent how well they can either regurgigate data or process information (think). If we don't have national standardized tests (no matter how flawed), we have no way of comparing the apparent 'aptitude' of a student from Iowa with one from Maine. This really isn't that complicated.


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