Ed Tech Thoughts on the Space Coast

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3

Ok, here it is, we just finished the annual battery of high stakes testing for our 7th and 8th grade students at Stone Middle School. A tremendous amount of energy, stress, and consternation have led up to this - the new epicenter of each school year.

What is it that educators really are battling with? Educators in battle with a culture that devalues education in favor of appearance, escapism, sports, sex, entertainment, etc. Students that don't know why they are at school – except because society has sentenced them to what is arguably no longer a privilege.

And here we are again in the cycle that asks that impossible question - how successful are you as an educator? What is the measure of your success? It has been said before but is worth repeating:

The business of education is not like other industries that can be measured merely with a return-on-investment spreadsheet that declares the number of widgets produced - and the profit margin on those widgets.

Yet we rely on the best measures that we have – the standardized test. And to prepare these students – because we all know that test taking is a skill – we have spent many of our instructional hours preparing, reviewing, and practicing taking tests. So what does it really mean?

With a tip of the hat to fellow educator and blogger: Barry Bachenheimer - http://plethoratech.blogspot.com/2007/05/1620.html

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