I certainly understand and agree with the idea that all children should be expected to achieve a standard level of knowledge in the classroom, but I fear that the current demands for everyone to reach proficiency can lead to a harmful focus on test scores rather than providing a solid education. Teachers everywhere discuss the pressure to “teach to the test.” I think we should instead be focused on making sure that all children are on the path to be successful in college or in their chosen career, and that we are teaching not just reading and math, but other subjects, as well.
Friday, April 29, 2011
McCaskill to Joplin eighth grader: NCLB demands lead to harmful focus on test scores
offered some criticism of the federal No Child Left Behind law, including this observation: