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February 10, 2014 11:06AM
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Updated: February 11, 2014 2:05AM
Will we learn to reform education?
What is wrong with the George W. Bush/Barack Obama/Bill Gates model of education? Besides not being based upon research, the testing instruments are neither valid (measures what it’s supposed to measure) nor reliable (measures reliably). The model is realistically a reign of error.
The Bush administration admitted that the tests were the weak link, but they felt that change had to be made at that time, and that they could improve the tests with time. It didn’t happen. That kind of precision is impossible.
Then, the Obama folks took the faulty tests and allowed a kids’ test scores to be the largest component in tying teacher pay to standardized testing. That is, they doubled-down on testing error.
A thermometer is used as an instrument for measuring temperature. This model of education reform uses tests as a thermometer. The difference, of course, is that the thermometer gives a correct measure of temperature.
The pointy-haired boss in the comic strip Dilbert once said, “I hope no one ever comes here to learn our best practices.” Me, too.