This falls under the heading of “what took you so long to figure it out?”.
A draft report by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Testing and Accountability in North Carolina says that schools spend too much time on testing.
“We’re testing more but we’re not seeing the results,” said Sam Houston, the commission’s chairman. “We’re not seeing graduation rates increasing. We’re not seeing remediation rates decreasing. Somewhere along the way testing isn’t aligning with excellence.”
And then there’s this consequence of tying teacher salaries to test scores.
The state’s ABCs of Public Education testing program has also been tied into bonuses awarded to teachers for how well their students are doing. Some have complained that schools are now focused on teaching to the tests.
Even without the monetary incentives, schools in most parts of the country are putting their primary focus on test preparation rather than on actual learning.
But the bottom line is that this panel is only now discovering something many of us have known for a while.
The only result of the all-testing-all-the-time philosophy at the heart of No Child Left Behind will be that students get better at taking standardized tests.