Re: Can you answer this??
- Subject: Re: Can you answer this??
- From: karen hartke <khartke@FAIRTEST.ORG>
- Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 16:01:07 -0800
- Reply-to: Assessment Reform Network Mailing List <ARN-L@LISTS.CUA.EDU>
- Sender: Assessment Reform Network Mailing List <ARN-L@LISTS.CUA.EDU>
It's hard to believe this circular argument continues to be made in favor of
tests. It goes something like: bad testing conditions exist - that's why we
need more of them!
Pointing out this flaw in logic might be one way to respond.
Or to point out that lots of things exist in the world - many of which are
negative - which we might educate our kids about. But should we make such
situations the centerpiece of our kids education? Focus our resources, time
and education replicating those bad situations in order to "prepare" our
kids for them. Or might it be a lot better if we help our kids understand
how to DO something about them instead.
Or - it is always easy to point out that for the most part, the SAT, Civil
Service and GRE exams aren't used in isolation to make decisions - they are
one piece of evidence weighed against many others - and support for each has
been waning (even if slowly).
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