Thoughts about Standardized Testing

I found this thoughtful post about standardized testing by John Spencer. I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that he teaches using an “authentic approach” and his scores are terrific. I also think he makes a good point in that the students behave different if the people with the “clipboards” are there. Of particular interest is the quote

“Our test results are a bit of an anomaly, because I told my students outright that the system is more rigged than Chuck-E-Cheese games and that no one wins in the process, but that huge transnational conglomerates want to feast on their minds like zombies.”

Good stuff.