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The Cost Of Success In Education

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Good stuff.

This is a brilliant distillation of the very problem with testing that I am grappling with as I negotiate teacher evaluation with our district now. I suspect that over time we will not be able to surely correlate teacher evaluations with student learning (real learning--not just that measured by standardized test scores). I agree that we will certainly select teachers most able to produce gains on standardized tests, but the question is really--what valuable thing do those tests measure? Seems to me that the research now is all in a closed system; that is, the research is using standardized test scores to measure teacher effect--because that seems reliable--avoiding the harder question of whether those measures (tests) are really and truly good ways to find out if our students are learning all that they need to be know and be able to do. THanks for your insights.

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