Just wanted to thank all y'all for pointing your readers to this post.
The only way that we can push back against the test first, test always approach to school reform that is strangling innovation in the classroom is by convincing parents that their kids are losing out on more meaningful instruction as teachers respond to high-stakes evaluation policies.
I don't think the average parent recognizes JUST how bad the tests that we use to hold teachers accountable really are or JUST how much instruction is changing in classrooms in response to those tests.
And as ashamed as I am of the fact that I'm going to change my teaching to something I'm not proud of in order to produce results on standardized tests, the real shame rests with the legislators that force teachers to walk moral tightropes in the name of doing right by their kids.
The Tempered Radical