Standardized tests are the wrong answer

This writer, in The Washington Post, reasons that standardized tests on which we stake the future of our children’s education, are completely inappropriate for today’s educational needs.

“A standard test question for young students today,” she notes, “is which of four animals is a farm animal (a cow, a tiger, a rat or a wolf). The same child who flubs this question can go home, Google “farm animals” and get 14.8 million results. What part of our educational system prepares a student to sort through and evaluate all those Web sites? Multiple-choice exams do not equip kids for either the information avalanche or the fine print that they encounter online every day.”

Standardized tests for everyone? In the Internet age, that’s the wrong answer. – The Washington Post


About Scott Hunter

Editor of The Star newspaper in Grand Coulee, observer of life, history, patterns in things that matter.
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