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Brian Rock

I agree whole-heartedly. Accountability is great, but we're going at it the wrong way...

Rather than assume that test scores can neatly define who is "up to task" and who isn't, we should be focusing on more appropriate forms of assessing student achievement - such as portfolios.

Politicians wouldn't like it, because you can't standardize it across the nation and clearly mark success/failure. But what could be a better way to "prove" to your community that the students are learning than by having public portfolios of students' works?

Tracy Rosen

I am struck with how every educator I interact with believes in what you wrote above - that standardized testing cannot be our indicator of academic success for children.

Yet standardized testing continues to be imposed on education.

Everything I have learned and experienced about organizational development tells me that in order for meaningful, sustainable change to occur in a system the whole system needs to be involved in the process. So why aren't our voices being heard?

It is about time that school-based educators be invited into the room when change is being planned.

Sean Martinson

Tracy, I can't but mirror your question as to when will we be heard. I think part of being heard will be educators speaking loud and clearly but also sharing and demonstrating that we can demonstrate student growth/mastery without standardized assessments. In other words we've got to start showing alternatives. I believe it's difficult for those in the classroom to think of sharing their successes, my hope is that tools such as this (blogs) will allow even the techno-phobic to share and get an alternative message out there for the masses.

Sincerely,
Sean M.

Tracy Rosen

You're right, Sean.
Gandhi was spot on when he said
Be the change you want to see in the world.

At the same time, I think that those who are making the high stakes decisions about assessment need to begin inviting front-line educators into the room when the conversations are taking place.

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