I was going to write a post on why we're not measuring the right things with standardized testing, but it seems that two people have already done it for me. They're very interesting reads - please check them out!
First, a retired Oakland teacher shows how easy it can be to have the wrong benchmarks for both health and education. Also, I love the title: My high blood pressure and test scores: The connection is not what you'd think.
Second, insight into how Los Angeles public schools are ranked and how that doesn't measure teachers' merits or students' learning, but instead just measures who is in the schools.
It's true. We're going about it all wrong. And we're spending a lot of money on doing it wrong.
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Four years ago: Getting Ready