This article was posted on Facebook and I thought I would respond here rather than there just to see who’s reading my blog these days. 🙂
Denver Innovation Schools Show Mixed Results – Here is the quote from this article that I am responding to: “… the number of students performing at grade level was lower than the state average.” The article does give some explanation for these findings, but my issue is different.
Using the current testing approach, I’m going to measure the juiciness of this orange based on my favorite oatmeal recipe. If we’re going to change the culture of education and even the purpose of school, then we have to change how we measure the success of students.
Were innovative school students above grade level in skills such as collaboration, idea creation, implementation, problem solving, etc.? We don’t know because we do not assess those skills. Isn’t it time to stop using instruments that measure how we prepare our students for industry and start measuring how we are preparing our students to be creative entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and flexible learners?
As you can tell, this really irks me.
What other industry is scrutinized so harshly by people who know nothing about it? That’s another discussion.
Vicki Davis’ post from 2011 hits the issue right between the eyes … take a look at her insights: Standardized Testing: The Modern Bloodletting?
What do you think? What can be done? How can we help make the change?
Please share your thoughts.