Along the lines of the continuing thread in this blog about how destructive testing has become, here is a blog post about a 3rd grade teacher’s heartfelt letter of apology to her students for taking time away from learning in order to prepare for and administer tests.
Those of you who scroll down to the comments will note that the first comment beyond “nicely said” once again confused Common Core standards with standardized testing. There is a link, but teaching to the standards does not automatically imply using a standardized test to assess student learning.
Then there is the confusion between assessment (of or for learning) and evaluation (of a program, a strategy, or a method of teaching). Standardized tests are not good for either one, but they are separate things.
The good news: if teachers really do teach to the Common Core literacy standards, a lot fewer people will be confused by the smokescreen the Tea Party, the Flat-Earthers, and the politicos are throwing up.