Standardized testing: the iffy, the bad, and the ugly

The biology teacher, writing anonymously, takes a moderate view of standardized testing. On the one hand, he believes that this movement fails to cultivate a student’s desire to learn for its own sake and, because many of the tests are poorly written, fails to measure student or teacher progress. In general, he’s appalled by the whole thing. On the other hand, he recognizes that there has to be a sensible way of accounting for student learning, teacher ability, and schools’ effectiveness.

In short, it’s an honest look inside the belly of the beast.