Convinced Testing Has Harmed Schools? You’re NOT the Only One.

Today was a HUGE day for anyone who has ever grumbled about the damage that our “test-em-all” approach to teaching and learning is doing to public schools.  You see, the 2013 PDK/Gallup Poll of Public Attitudes Towards Public Schools was released.

I’m going to let two statistics from the report do the talking:

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That’s a COMPLETE relief, y’all.  It is tangible evidence that the vast majority of our nation — everyone from the parents of the children we teach to the business and community leaders that we serve — is starting to recognize that testing isn’t the answer to improving our schools.

At some point, the legislators passing crappy policies that destroy our schools HAVE to listen, don’t they?

#fingerscrossed

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3 comments

  1. Emma

    I was surprised to read this because on Monday our newspaper reported that “Parents back high-stakes testing”–that was the headline. Here are some sentences from the article: “…standardized tests have support among parents, who view them as a useful way to measure both students’ and schools’ performances, according to an Associated Press-NORC center for Public Affairs Research poll.” “Most parents say their own children are given about the right number of standardized tests.” (That is not what I hear from parents at our school!) “They’d like to see student performance on statewide exams used in evaluating teachers,” “,,,69 percent say such exams are a good measure of the schools” quality.” What do you think makes the difference in the results from these two polls?

    • Bill Ferriter

      Emma wrote:

      69 percent say such exams are a good measure of the schools” quality.” What do you think makes the difference in the results from these two polls?

      – – – – – – – – –
      Great question, Emma. Was there any sourcing on the statistics in the article that you read?

      One of the cool things about the PDK survey that I share is that there is extensive detailing of the process used to select survey participants and the statistical reliability of the model used to draw conclusions.

      That’s the first step that I take whenever I’m trying to determine if a survey is worth trusting — if there is no sourcing of the statistical models, a survey isn’t worth trusting.

      Another factor that often influences the results of a survey is the actual wording of the questions. With just a few simple changes in the text of a question, survey results can swing dramatically.

      That’s what makes surveys dangerous tools no matter what position you’re trying to defend. Numbers can be twisted in any direction to support any position!

      Rock on,
      Bill

  2. Sarah

    But will the public wake up and force legislators to change before untold amounts of damage are done to students’ education and teachers’ careers?