Imagine children thinking they're 'dumb' because they performed poorly on standardized tests. One teacher said it happened at her school. | The Progressive Pulse
“I’m dumb, I’m dumb, I’m dumb.” That’s how Wake County teacher Meredith Pinckney said some students reacted after learning they’d performed poorly on end-of-grade tests last year. “I teach at a school that is low-performing, and last year was my first year there, and we got our test scores and we gave them to our ...
My Child is Falling Behind... And I Couldn't Be Happier | Happiness is here
My child is falling behind. She’s not meeting standards. Actually, she doesn’t even know of the standards. She doesn’t write perfectly on the lines. She doesn’t even write every day. She only writes when it interests her. But she’ll tell … Continue reading →
Standardized Testing: The Teacher's Dilemma | Homeschool Base
As I sit in the computer lab while my students take our state’s standardized test, I can sense the angst in the room. I can sense that even though I had the students do a brain break and talked about ‘taking a breath’ during a test, I do not hear them breathing. I hear clicking Read More »
Let's teach for mastery -- not test scores
Would you choose to build a house on top of an unfinished foundation? Of course not. Why, then, do we rush students through education when they haven't always grasped the basics? Yes, it's complicated, but educator Sal Khan shares his plan to turn struggling students into scholars by helping them master concepts at their own pace.
Test prep for 5-year-olds is a real thing. Here’s what it looks like.
'This is kindergarten. We force children to take tests that their brains cannot grasp. We ignore research that proves that children who are 5-6 learn best experientially. We rob them of precious free play that teaches them how to be good citizens, good friends and good thinkers.'