Who needs strong libation to enjoy bringing in the new year when we can think about things like: should there be more or less standardized testing in our school systems, and should we have exit exams at every grade level?
Something Mr. Popham said immediately struck a nerve, albeit indirectly…
“Turning to the exit-exam question, all schools — kindergarten through college — should employ exit exams allowing us to determine what students have actually learned. We owe it to our students to make sure that they’ve been properly taught.”
That quote brought to mind the school districts that are instituting exit exams tied to diplomas, which I think is a bad thing. Why? Because all the responsibility for learning is put on the student and the quality of teaching is assumed to be top flight, and not examined!
Mr. Popham’s exit tests would likely be benign indicators of learning that did or did not occur, and it’s up to us to figure out why, and assign responsibility and remediation. But to deny a child a high school diploma because they failed an exit exam — the validity of which may be in question — even though they earned the Carnegie credits, is barbaric, in my view, not to mention irresponsible and blame-shifting.
Oh, and Happy New Year, y’all! You’re the best! 🙂