Thursday, September 10, 2015

The new tests are harder. But are they better?

Published in the Los Angeles Times, September 12, 2015

We are told that most of our students "are not on track to succeed in college" because of the results of recent testing ("New California tests present sobering picture of student achievement," September 10).
There is no evidence that the new tests predict college success, nor is there any evidence that they are better than previous tests or having no standardized yearly tests at all.
The decrease in test scores shows us only that the new tests are harder.  As Alfie Kohn said, harder does not necessarily mean better.

Stephen Krashen
Professor Emeritus
University of Southern California

article:
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-new-test-results-20150908-story.html

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