For California schools, we need less testing and more assessing – L. Darling-Hammond

Darling-Hammond, Linda.  “For California Schools, we need less testing and more assessing.”  The Sacramento Bee.  February 17, 2012.  http://www.sacbee.com/2012/02/14/4261504/for-california-schools-we-need.html

The author, an education professor at Stanford and co-director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, writes why high-stakes, fill-in-the-bubble, standardized tests need to be replaced with meaningful student centered assessments.

No country tests its children as often as the United States: The highest achieving often have few or no tests until the end of high school. Furthermore, the tests that are used in top-ranked nations like Finland, South Korea and Singapore are open-ended essay and oral examinations. Most top systems also expect students to design and conduct extended research projects and scientific investigations.

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