Substantive criticism abounds of the Smarter Balanced Tests for which our children sat last year, and of standardized testing generally. Opposition is growing nearly as fast as the evidence that children are not well-served by the mindset that created these strategies.
That said, as these tests consumed precious class time, and, many would argue, caused a narrowing of the curriculum more weighted to reading and math than ever…. Our readers should have the results to determine for themselves their value or lack of same.
For an informative piece; one Diane Ravitch has called a “must read” giving context surrounding how these tests are scored; what constitutes “proficiency” etc. click here