Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ Teacher in a Strange Land: I Can’t Believe I’m Looking at Test Scores

Stephen Downes

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Test Scores Show Dramatic Declines!, says the headline, but "The data are apples-to-oranges-to bowling balls muddled. If anything, if you still believe test scores give us valuable information, the data might be mildly encouraging." Even more to the point, "You can't talk about good schools or good teachers or even "lost learning" any more, without a mountain of numbers. Which can be inscrutable to nearly everyone, including those making policies impacting millions of children. When it comes to standardized test score analysis, we are collectively illiterate. And this year's data? It's meaningless." I can't say I disagree.

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Last Updated: Jun 12, 2024 12:02 p.m.

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