Testing is a diagnostic tool that is helpful when results are immediately made available, he said, but feedback from state exams is received long after it can be used to re-adapt that year’s lessons.
In addition, Savage said, “I feel that testing doesn’t get to the core of what necessarily students are all about.”
The exams and other mandates, Selwyn added, come at a time when state funding to schools has been cut.
Meanwhile, he said, “that money that used to go to the schools is going into the pockets of Pearson.”
Selwyn also noted that there is no research to support the notion that a test-based curriculum makes for better educated and prepared students.
“We are spending an enormous amount of money to make education worse for our children,” he said.
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