In light of all the controversy around high-stakes tests, including Texas where there is a major uprising, I thought this cartoon might be instructive.
Thank you Jeff Strickler for the piece! In all seriousness, we should demand high stakes exams for all our kids, but they should measure growth, not static performance. At minimum, we need a year’s growth for a year of work between a teacher and a child, and more than a year’s growth (each year) for a student who is behind. This is while I am so fond of NWEA MAP, which measures pure growth on a vertical scale score and has adaptive features so we can tell just how far ahead (or behind) a child is.