Peter Greene has noticed that reformsters send contradictory messages about testing. First, they make it all-important, tying teachers’ careers to the scores. Then, they chide schools and teachers for putting so much importance in testing, e.g., teaching to the test, test prep, etc.
Peter Greene knows who is to blame. in this post, he reviews the remarks of Andrew Rotherham, a leader in the corporate reformster world. (Readers may note that I have been using Green’s word «reformster,» which has the virtue of rehabilitating the once admirable words «reform» and «reformer.» I expect to hear the Koch brothers lauded as reformers soon, along with Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, and other hard-right free-marketeers.)
«Reformsters seem to want the following message to come from somewhere:
«Hey, public schools and public school teachers– your entire professional future and career rests on the results of these BS Tests. But please don’t put…
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