Accountability NAEP NCLB (No Child Left Behind) Testing

Doug Garnett: The Absurdity of Testing Every Child Every Year

Interesting essay samples and examples on: https://essays.io/dissertation-examples-samples/

When I spoke to the Texas School Boards Association a few years ago, a member of the audience got up and identified himself as a school board member and an engineer. He said that he didn’t understand why the government tests every child every year. He said that in the industry where he works, it is customary to test the products periodically, on a sampling basis. I will never forget what he said: “If we tested every product, we would spend most of our time testing the product, and we wouldn’t have time left to manufacture or to improve the product.”

 

I was reminded of that statement when I received this comment from Doug Garnett, who is a specialist in marketing, advertising, branding, communications, and technology. Garnett wrote, just minutes ago:

 

Where I’m mystified is this belief that in order to have “accountability”, EVERY child has to be tested in the entire nation.

 

In business, we rely heavily on statistical sampling because it’s flat out too expensive to measure every item. Sampling in manufacturing, sampling in store satisfaction, sampling in purchasing, sampling in advertising impact, sampling, sampling sampling.

 

The NAEP relies on sampling…because it’s EFFECTIVE!

 

Imagine this: IF we shifted to a sampling test approach an amazing array of issues would be mitigated. The tests would lose their intensely punitive nature – and evolve toward being instructive and enlightening. They would lose the “high stakes” and become simply learning that informs. And, WE could use their reduced presence to focus on the totality of education instead of creating testing farms.

 

So…why don’t these so-called “business people” behind reform endorse smart business approach like sampling? Mind boggling…unless we embrace the conspiracy to redirect all of that government spending into the profits of private corporations.

Related posts

Calling Bill Gates! Calling Mark Zuckerberg! Calling Jeff Bezos!

V4tgDpeDBhQGUBa7

Pennsylvania: For-Profit Charter Destroys Public School District

V4tgDpeDBhQGUBa7

John Taylor: No Dentist Left Behind

V4tgDpeDBhQGUBa7

Newark: Superintendent Wants to Close Four Charters and Limit New Ones

V4tgDpeDBhQGUBa7

Scott Sargrad: Invest in Public Schools, Not Vouchers

V4tgDpeDBhQGUBa7

Mercedes Schneider: Atlanta Mayor Creates de Facto Mayoral Control

V4tgDpeDBhQGUBa7

Lily Eskelsen Garcia Blasts DeVos and Trump at NEA convention

V4tgDpeDBhQGUBa7

Nancy Bailey: Stop the Talk about “Reinventing” and “Reimagining” Schools After the Pandemic Unless You Are a Parent or Teacher

V4tgDpeDBhQGUBa7

John Merrow: What Have Our Test-Centric Policies Produced?

V4tgDpeDBhQGUBa7

Leave a Comment