William Mathis: What Standardized Tests Measure and What They Can’t Tell Us

Standardized testing is at cross purposes with many of the most important purposes of public education. It doesn’t measure big-picture learning, critical thinking, perseverance, problem solving, creativity or curiosity, yet those are the qualities great teaching brings out in a student. – Randi Weingarten
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Since 2002, when the federal No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law, American public schools, and later their teachers, have been evaluated by the standardized test scores of their students.  States have been required to punish the schools with the lowest scores—firing their principals or some of their teachers, closing the schools, or turning them over to charter schools.  But the idea that we can judge schools and judge teachers by metrics—by the aggregate test scores of their students—evolved long before the passage of No Child Left Behind—even prior to the publication in 1983 of the A Nation At Risk report that is said to have begun the wave of standards-based school reform. Perhaps it has been part of growing enchantment with our society’s advancing capacity to collect and analyze data.

Today it is becoming widely acknowledged, however, that the strategy of test-and-punish didn’t improve public schools, didn’t…

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Journalist’s Resource: Research on today’s news

Journalist’s Resource

Research on today’s news


Covering health research? Choose your studies (and words) wisely

Many of the most popular news stories about health research include overstated findings or substantial inaccuracies, according to a study led by Noah Haber, a postdoctoral researcher at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We asked Haber how to avoid these issues.

New insights on US voters who don’t have photo ID

Voters who cast ballots in Texas and Michigan in November 2016 rarely lacked a photo ID, but those who did were disproportionately people of color, two new working papers

The doctor will see you now: When the neighborhood is a patient
A partnership between Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and community organizations that treated an ailing neighborhood as a “patient” helped improve housing and quality of life in the area.

Some employers discriminate based on commute

Low-wage employers in Washington, D.C., discriminate against applicants with longer commutes
and those with stereotypical “black” names, finds a study by David Phillips, a research associate professor at the University of Notre Dame.