What the dog thought — and what it tells us about standardized tests

Now that standardized testing season is upon us, retired OUSD teacher Steven Weinberg offers another critique of the California Standards Tests.

Steven WeinbergMany people wonder why teachers object so strongly to the use of standardized test results to evaluate their teaching. After all, some would argue, student learning is the whole purpose of education, and these tests are supposed to measure student learning.

One reason teachers object to these tests is that they know what a poor job the tests do in actually measuring student learning. They have seen the tests and know how flawed and arbitrary they can be. It is hard to share this information with the public because teachers are forbidden from divulging the contents of the test to anyone, and they can be penalized severely for doing so.

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