Two great articles about standardized tests


This is an important article by Dr. O’Neil with references that are applicable to those of us in Georgia, especially. Unfortunately, standardized testing is accelerating, not slowing down, and in Georgia, a new series of standardized tests will be rolled out next year. Targeting higher test scores, and higher graduation rates diverts the real purpose of schooling which should be in interests of students and their families.

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In the past 12 hours I’ve read two fascinating articles about the crazy world of standardized testing. They’re both illuminating and well-written and you should take a look.

First, my data journalist friend Meredith Broussard has an Atlantic piece called Why Poor Schools Can’t Win At Standardized Testing wherein she tracks down the money and the books in the Philadelphia public school system (spoiler: there’s not enough of either), and she makes the connection between expensive books and high test scores.

Here’s a key phrase from her article:

Pearson came under fire last year for using a passage on a standardized test that was taken verbatim from a Pearson textbook.

The second article, in the New Yorker, is written by Rachel Aviv and is entitled Wrong Answer. It’s a close look, with interviews, of the cheating scandal from Atlanta, which I have been studying recently. The article makes the point…

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