Businesses seeking highly skilled workers from overseas took less than a week to
snap up all 85,000 visas available for next year---Associated Press, April 7,
2014Doesn't speak well for American education, and its highest
funding in history. More teaching, and less testing.Let teachers,
administrators, and parents run the schools.
One needs to look at the amount of instructional (class) time is needed to do
all these tests. If we want our students to learn more stuff, they need to be
taught more stuff and not spend several days a year doing standardized testing.
Haha!Hilarious to read republican players complaining about
standardized testing. Guess who sponsored and passed state standardized testing?
I'll give you a hint, it wasn't the handful of democrats in our
Utah would have had SAGE regardless of whether or not the State had adopted
Common Core as Utah State Standards. For all of you opposed to standardized
testing, please lobby your State Legislators to change the situation. It is
they who have mandated end-of-year-testing as an accountability measure of the
worth of our teachers as part of their ultra-conservative agenda to show that
our public schools are failing and are in need of privatization. Sen.
Stephenson is the champion of high stakes standardized test and he sponsored the
computer-adapted testing legislation that mandated and created SAGE.
I had to chuckle when they said that the test is not part of Common Core just a
few paragraphs after stating that the test is designed to show how Utah aligns
with Common Core.Which is it? Do we have Common Core standards or
not? Based on this article, I would say Yes, Utah has Common Core standards and
no matter what they rename them they are Common Core standards.
The cost per test question is not given in the article. The price to replace a
question and integrate it into the computer administered material so that the
use of that question is determined by the student response to prior questions
may well cost the $5000 per question.
If all these standardized testing promotes good learning.Why are we
giving out tens of thousands visas per year for highly skilled workers of other
If they want a steep discount on that 5K per test question, I will do it for $50
per test question and likely do it better than what they currently have. The
amount of money they are wasting to generate one question is staggering.
Knowing we as teachers will not have any information about how are students have
done for this first year as they "determine" validity makes the whole
process a waste of time.
See! It's not the lack of funding which causes low teachers pay.It's the obsession of standardized testing, assessments, and
accountability.Non of these have improved learning. Poverty,and
dependency has increased.If standardized testing, assessments, and
accountability worked, we would have a nation of geniuses.