This past week, education news outlets and blogs were abuzz when a school board member with impressive credentials took and could not pass the state standardized tests for students in his district. Rick Roach is a success by many definitions. From Marion Brady’s original piece (the first link):
I’m sure those of you that follow education have seen reports of cheating in DC, Atlanta, Florida and now possibly New Jersey. I’m not sure these will be the last reports we hear, either. A lot of the blame is falling on the teachers, even as principals and administrators are being implicated.
Today’s topic in our Education in America series is standardized tests. As Mona and I have touched on briefly, they’re not the silver bullet which will expose and then fix all the problems in education. In fact, they might be making things worse. Let’s dig in, shall we?