The chart that compares testing in the public schools of top rated, developed countries is worth seeing. And evidence is pouring in that shows testing and then ranking teachers and firing them achieves and improves nothing.
Marc Tucker writes that we test students more than any of the high-performing nations in the world.
Here is a graph that demonstrates the differences.
Tucker proposed a new accountability system for the U.S. that puts us more in line with common practice.
“The ideas outlined by Marc Tucker in Fixing Our National Accountability System signify a departure from conventional thinking on the issue of accountability. Rather than focus on punishing teachers for the results of a system that others designed, the core components of this report rest on three fundamental principles:
1) Testing: Instead of testing all of our students every year with low-quality tests, students would take high-quality accountability tests, covering a full core curriculum, only three times in their school career. In some off years, tests in math and ELA would be administered only to samples of students by computer…
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