Teacher's and testing

Published: Monday, Apr. 14, 2014 - 9:04 am
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 14, 2014 - 11:09 am

Re "Teachers have won this battle (Marcos Breton, April 13): There are several problems with linking teacher performance with scores.

Linking these items will cement the idea of teaching to the test. If you knew that everything you did was going to come down to test scores, where would you put your energy? Will concentrating on these tests result in better educated students?

Another issue with linking evaluations and test scores is that the test is meaningless to the students. There are no consequences to students for poor results. Some students, maybe even the brighter ones, figure this out and give the test minimal effort. This creates a situation in which teachers would be evaluated on scores created by students who have no personal stake in the outcome. This is fundamentally unfair.

We have accepted the standardized testing model of education, but at what cost? Perhaps the only people who have benefited from testing are the testing industry executives.

-- Susan Hulett, Sacramento

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