Teachers Have Power.

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Testing.Shhhhhhhhh.  Testing.

It’s the never ending education topic.

I think we need testing, but probably not to the extent the government is shoving down our throats (and normally our government does a GREAT job!).

One day, it will be readjusted and we will test students just the right amount for their indivdual progress and goals.

Sadly, we aren’t there yet.

Everyone complains about the amount of stress testing puts on students and teachers.

Don’t even get me started on the billions of dollars being made by faceless companies who are part of the testing process.

It’s BIG business.  Really BIG.

Then there is the little secret no one ever acknowledges.  The intregal part of testing that is left unspoken.

Teachers are powerful.

Very powerful.

Without them, there’s no testing.

When teachers in individual schools or states decide they’ve had enough testing, we will see a change.

Can you imagine if teachers refused to test?

Up to this point, they have been very compliant.  Teachers usually are.

But one day, I think they may decide as a group they’ve had enough.

If that happens, things will change.  And change very quickly.

So it begins in Seattle.

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4 Responses to “Teachers Have Power.”

  1. wozza
    on Jan 14th, 2013
    @ 5:23 pm

    Wahoo – Nirvana, Starbucks and now GUMPTION. I love Seattle!!!

  2. Janet Abercrombie
    on Jan 17th, 2013
    @ 12:08 am

    I think I’m one of those weird teachers that doesn’t mind testing. That said, I’m in an unusual situation.
    - our tests only last one week
    - our tests are not attached to high stakes (international schools are free from that)
    - student testing allows me to catch up on grading
    - the results of testing are compared to internal assessments such as six trait writing scores and reading inventory scores. The test scores are only one piece of a large body of [mostly anecdotal] evidence.

    A principal once told me: If the only thing parents and other have to judge us by is our test scores, they will judge us by our test scores. It is our responsibility to create or use other valid & reliable measures of student learning to help the community keep tests in perspective. The tests also give us a general idea of the effectiveness of our internal assessments.

  3. Lance Merlino
    on Apr 16th, 2013
    @ 2:22 am

    I still remember how stressful the tests were but they were kind a useful.

  4. The Balanced Teacher
    on Apr 24th, 2013
    @ 6:07 pm

    Kudos to Seattle educators! Thank you for sharing both your thoughts and this article.

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