Away from testing, back to learning

It’s a critical aspect of establishing balance in life, or in business or school: Knowing when you have too much of a good thing. And so it should be, when it comes to standardized testing in our public schools. The names were so aspirationally appealing: No Child Left Behind. Race to the Top. And yet, as the new tests are excitedly introduced, the old ones are never discarded. Now, after years of protests not just from students conned in to thinking this is all normal but from superintendents, principals, teachers and sensible parents, the testing tide is turning. As it should. Let’s get the system back on a track that values deep learning as opposed to testing above all. Last month President Obama’s administration, after years of acting, as did…


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