A Great Commentary in Ed Week Last Week

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Commentary of Mike Rose from Ed Week

Education Week, a weekly publication dedicated to our profession and calling itself “American Education’s Newspaper of Record”, offered a commentary by Mike Rose. Mr. Rose is a faculty member of the Graduate School of Education at UCLA and the author of Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves and Second Chance.

 In his commentary in Ed Week, Mr. Rose talks about how our definition of Cognitive Learning has been reduced “to a shadow of its former self…” by the effects of high stakes testing and No Child Left Behind. We have reduced the measurement of a successful student to a mere number resulting from a series of subtests on things like NWEA and NECAP.

I think  as a faculty we have done a lot of great work in the area of the affective realm of our students, but, based upon this commentary, it could be very easy for all of us to get caught up in the “score frenzy” that occurs each time new scores on these high stales tests are released.

As we come to that time of the year when NECAP scores from the October Administration will be released, I urge all of you to read this commentary for yourself and come to your own conclusions.
Here is the article from Ed Week: Mike Rose’s Commentary

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