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  • insomniacproduction

    I agree that "there's no such thing as standardized learning so standardized testing doesn't really work", but what other ways can the school use/develop to measure how a student is currently performing at school?

      • insomniacproduction

        Nice animation and a great idea - i'm glad that someone is actually doing something about the problem! A slight feedback though: I think that the video would be much better received if it had some text or narration to go with it because frankly there are some parts where I am not sure what the video is trying to say/do.

        So what you are proposing is transparency between school and the stakeholders that are impacted by the school itself, right?

        • Sebastien Despres

          Thank you for your feedback!
          We purposely kept it "vague" since it's meant to generate discussions. The key point is that education ought not to be "the second most private act in which adults engage," but rather a public and political act (represented by the tearing down of the wall between the stakeholders and the classroom). There are many ways in which this can happen and we felt it was best if we refrained from being didactic about the best ways to do so... But transparency, going both ways, is key.

  • epynephrin

    Speaking as one of the kids who took the MCAS (Massachusetts' standardized test) during the first year it was a graduation requirement, I've always objected to the concept of them. If it's to test the teachers, should it be a graduation requirement? If it's to test the student, it shouldn't be presented as a test of the school system.

    What got me most about it was how radically the school has to change its curriculum to fit the test. The world history teacher I had was forced to replace his unit on Greek and Roman culture (because we were supposed to know about it already) with a photocopied article from National Geographic. Which meant we went into the test radically unprepared for the questions. Granted, that was only the case for the few years it would take for the classes to catch up with the curriculum, but the idea of the statewide nationalized curriculum bothered me since.