National Academy Finds Current K-12 Tests Hinder College Readiness

November 23rd, 2012

by Sarah D. Sparks/Education Week

The use of testing in school accountability systems may hamstring the development of tests that can actually transform teaching and learning, experts from a national assessment commission warn. Members of the Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education, speaking at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Education here Nov. 1-3, said that technological innovations may soon allow much more in-depth data collection on students, but that current testing policy calls for the same test to fill too many different and often contradictory roles. The nation’s drive to develop standards-based accountability for schools has led to tests that, “with only few exceptions, systematically overrepresent basic skills and knowledge and omit the complex knowledge and reasoning we are seeking for college and career readiness,” the commission writes in one of several interim reports discussed at the Academy of Education meeting. (more)

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  1. Aside from this educational-related issue, I think that the president should also create/plan a program for college students and the fresh graduates – like career advice program to guide youth because employment is one of the biggest issues today.

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