Thursday, February 20, 2014

No unnecessary testing

Sent to the Wall Street Journal, Feb 21

To the editor:

Letters published on Feb 20. arguing that  "Testing can be good; It's a part of the real world,"' assume that those of us critical of the common core are anti-testing. Not true. All educators understand the necessity of responsible assessment.

We are opposed to unnecessary testing. The common core is requiring more standardized tests than we have ever seen on this planet, far more than required under No Child Left Behind. This nonstop testing is being imposed at a huge cost  (it will be administered online), without any evidence that it will help school achievement.

Stephen Krashen

source: Krashen, S. 2008. The fundamental principle: No unnecessary testing (NUT).  The Colorado Communicator vol 32,1, 7.

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