>I am not exactly sure who Jeanne Allen is, but I wonder, has she ever been in
>a classroom teaching to 25 different levels at the same time? All students
>are required to take the tests in Vermont, not sure about other states, so
>the test scores of the school may seem slightly tainted. I am not advocating
>cheating in any way, but I do feel that test scores DO need to be put back in
>there place, which is as one predictor, not as an end-all evaluator.
I agree with this. Tests do need to be put back in their place. Despite
the fact that I've been told that VT tests are good -- and I'm not saying
there not. I honestly don't know enough about them -- I think far too much
weight has been put on these test scores. They make or break school
systems in a PR sense, and because of this I think they do drive curriculum
discussions. Too often changes are advocated for with the argument that
these changes will improve test scores. Sometimes it feels like people
have forgotten that the kids are the point of all this, not how we look in
the local paper.
Just my two cents. I'll get off the soapbox now.