Testing Gone Wild?
I sense a growing unease about the use of “big
data,” assessment, and the standardization of
public education. A piece in Information Week
breaks down the discomfort of Justin Reich,
who worries about the “batch processing of kids.” To get
more specific, an article from the AP details some of the absurdities that occur
when high stakes testing goes wild—students not permitted to go to the bathroom, or eat
lunch, and in tears as computers froze. Really?
Seems like I picked a good day to have lunch at Googleplex East. Just as I was digging
into the fantastic free spread, the company was broadcasting the news from its
Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco: a new effort called “Google Play for
Education,” designed for making devices and software affordable for educators. Money
blog Venture Beat speculates that the initiatives could be a potential iPad killer in the
Common Core: Does anybody
really like this stuff?
Here’s a nice, dreary topic for a Monday morning: Common Core, PARCC, and the future
of student assessment. Our newsfeed this morning doesn’t help much: Cincinati.com
reports on Ohio’s growing Common Core hate; Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post
today lays the issue at the feet of the Obama administration; and the Washington Times
details some renewed resistance in Indiana. I’d like to say this is a fun story to cover. But
it’s not. Looking for any and all solutions!