This isn’t just a topic for homeschoolers, but because many homeschoolers oppose mandatory standardized testing for their children, I’m putting it here.
Bro. Charlie says, “…Through the process of teaching standardized test prep courses, I have gone from believing that they are nearly arbitrary assessments to realizing that they are indeed the a phenomenal resource for assessing learning, second only to a personal interview with a tutor.”
I am skeptical of standarized testing, and opposed to yearly mandatory testing for homeschoolers. In the article, The Case Against Standardized Testing, the author asks, “How valid are test scores are predictors of grades? Do they have any validity as predictors of actual accomplishment? Are the tests biased against certain members of society? This essay will review the extensive critical literature on the subject of standardized tests in an attempt to answer these questions.”
An article in Psychology Today from 2004 points out that colleges are beginning to doubt SAT results as a predictor of student success. Also see Brain Toxic Classrooms, which looks at standardized testing from a neurologist’s pov.
And in a pathetic attempt to be fair, here is an interview from 2001 in The Washington Post with Bill Evers, a Hoover Insitution Research Fellow.
“Both teachers and students are trying hard to improve, but they don’t always get the best signals about how they are doing from our present system. Standardized tests, if done well, can provide those signals. Teachers, who want to get the most out of their students, will know more about student weaknesses. Students will know how they are doing. Parents will know whether they need to monitor Johnny or Suzie’s homework more closely. We can both have better incentives in our school system and elevate the standing of learning itself in our culture if we make wise use of standardized tests.”
Let’s toss this topic around and see where it