Education, learning, standardized testing, testing

The Problem with NH’s PACE Program

The New Hampshire Department of Education (NH DOE) has been positively gleeful about its "first-in-the-nation" strategy for ensuring public school accountability. The Performance Assessment of Competency Education program, or "PACE" for short, will, its supporters claim, guarantee that public schools across the state be held accountable for making sure that students demonstrate "measurable progress" toward… Continue reading The Problem with NH’s PACE Program

Education, learning, opt out, standardized testing, testing

Um, Yeah–It Actually IS about Testing

There are a myriad of reasons why families and students decide to opt out or refuse standardized testing. Some refuse because they resent the number of hours teachers spend testing (and "preparing") students when they could be engaging in more meaningful instruction and assessment. Some refuse because they are frequently tied to teacher evaluation, which… Continue reading Um, Yeah–It Actually IS about Testing