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A Debate Over Testing and Low Performing Students

In his column Monday, Jay focused on how D.C. schools may do a disservice to low performing students in their quest to pass the high stakes DC-CAS tests. The "More" Child blog has a bone to pick:

Reading that, all I could think was "d'oh." Has Jay been living under a rock? Parents...and teachers...have been talking about this for years.

Jay’s answer? Value-added assessments. I’m all for that. That’s why I’ve been a booster, for example of greater sharing of MAP-R results and increasing the availability out of level testing. The devil is in finding the way to do it. Jay goes on to tout the monitoring systems of International Baccalaureate programs. Now I’m a big high school IB fan too. But I have yet to see where the monitoring/assessment–other than the diploma exams in 11th and 12th grade–come into play. I’m particularly fuzzy on how the IB works in middle and elementary grades. I know that schools have to go through a lot of hoops to be approved as an IB school. But as a parent, again, how do I know? How do I know how my school and/or its teachers are being evaluated? Where can I see their submissions to the IB officials, and the IB evaluation of my school’s program?

“Trust us” is not enough.

By Washington Post Editors  | April 22, 2009; 12:32 PM ET
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