Assessing for Improvement Why do we test?
It does not diagnose causes for low scores:
cognitive, emotional or physical reasons for their inability to achieve.
Tuesday May 21, 2013
Joel Westheimer weighs in on EQAO testing
Not being able to sleep, coming home in tears... For some kids, standardized tests are a major source of stress. So some parents keep their children home on test day. CBC education columnist Joel Westheimer was interviewed about his take on the controversial tests.
Many teachers have reservations about the wide-scale use of standardized tests. But the government mandates their use across Ontario in grades 3, 6, and 9 to test all children's literacy and numeracy. Teachers feel that classroom-based assessment by teachers is the best source of information about student learning.
In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have. -Lee Iacocca, automobile executive (b. 1924)
"Ignorance is not knowing. Stupidity is the active pursuit of ignorance"
This blog is based on my 25 years as a teacher in Ottawa, now moved to Muskoka, I have time to reflect and put my experiences and opinions out there for others. Teaching is a collective experience, best shared. Visit my resume for more about my teaching background and credentials.
An educator, leader and lifelong learner, Jennifer is an avid reader, writer
and blogger. She has developed expertise in working with a wide range of professionals
in education and health care. This has helped her negotiate with medical staff
while advocating for her parents. She have served on several Boards of Directors. She holds
a degree in Early Childhood Education, also, a B.Ed. and an M.Ed. in Curriculum
and Technology, with experience teaching students from Junior Kindergarten to
grade 8, and a Special Education Specialist, she worked with many special needs
students. She has delivered workshops to peers, and lectured on a part time
basis at the University of Ottawa to student teachers.