Sunday, April 10, 2011

Is it possible . . .

Will the new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly known as No Child Left Behind, not require annual testing?  As I referenced in the prior post and in this article, President Obama has stated that he is concerned with the focus on standardized tests and wants to see the rewrite of the act include additional measures of success with less reliance on tests.

Obama, who is pushing a rewrite of the nation's education law that would ease some of its rigid measurement tools, said policymakers should find a test that "everybody agrees makes sense" and administer it in less pressure-packed atmospheres, potentially every few years instead of annually.

Do you believe that the new law will have less focus on standardized tests even though the government is spending $350 million on two testing consortia, PARCC and SBAC, that are developing assessments aligned with the new common core?  Or, do you believe that statements such as these may be designed to bring teachers back into the fold as the campaigning for president begins?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It tells me no one really knows what to do at the top. It tells me the whole system, government, needs to be fixed. How? I haven't a clue. It's truly a scary time here in America.