Thursday, March 3, 2016

It could get worse

Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, March 3

The opt-out movement has had a real impact, with more parents refusing the tests for their children (“As testing increases, so do calls for an end,” Sunday). Even President Obama has spoken out about the negative impact of over-testing.
  But the testing industry is striking back: The new plan is to replace end-of-year standardized tests with what could be daily testing. The core of education will consist of modules of programmed instruction that students will work through online and be tested on, which will drastically diminish the role of teachers and increase profits of technology companies. The new federal K-12 education law that ends No Child Left Behind announced grants for the development of these teach-and-test machines.
  The National Governor’s Association has admitted that there is little evidence supporting this major shift to what they call “competency-based education,” yet has enthusiastically supported it.

Stephen Krashen
Professor Emeritus
University of Southern California

original article:

National Governor's Association: "Although an emerging research base suggests that CBE is a promising model, it includes only a few rigorous evaluations and analyses of current and ongoing CBE pilots and similar programs" (p. 6).  From:  "Expanding Student Success: A Primer on Competency-Based Education from Kindergarten Through Higher Education. 

Additional sources:
McDermott, M. 2015a. Reading between The Lines: Obama’s “Testing Action Plan”
McDermott, M. 2015b. Common core and corporate colonization: the big picture.
Robertson, P. 2015a. U.S. Dept. of Ed. and Educational Warfare.
Robertson, P. 2015b. Opt out revolution: the next wave.
Talmage, E. 2015a. Dear Mark.
Talmage, E. 2015b. What is proficiency-based learning?

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Stephen! Thanks for this summary. Can you provide insight/clarity/detail on the negative impact this new assessment system will have, especially in comparison with end-year HST?