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Can American Education Overcome Its Testing Addiction?

Center for Teaching Quality

When the PISA 2012 results were released in December renewed calls for reforming our public schools flooded the airwaves. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called the scores a "wake-up call" at the official PISA release event. (He made the same comment three years ago about PISA 2009 results). What can we do to avoid yet another "wakeup call" three years from now when PISA 2015 results are released? One answer may be simpler than you think: fewer standardized tests.
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  • Kris Giere

    I am not sure if this is a "Can we" question any longer. With each passing day, I feel more compelled to treat this as a "We must" statement instead.

  • Liz Dwyer

    Such a great article by Noah Zeichner. Loved this part: "We need to reduce the quantity of standardized tests and allow teachers to design and grade more classroom-based assessments, especially ones that measure the 21st-century skills that PISA exam items demand. And look out: OECD plans to include collaborative problem solving as a component on the 2015 PISA exam. I challenge all readers to find a standardized test in the United States that currently measures collaborative problem solving." But as Zeichner notes, we need "tremendous political will and significantly more trust in teachers as professionals than currently exists" for that shift to classroom-based assessments to happen.