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Some fight back against teaching for the sake of test scores
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2010 17:40 PM

Since the passing of the No Child Left Behind Act, many educators have grown concerned as to whether or not their students will perform up to par with the rest of their peers on standardized tests. As a result, some educators are choosing to model their curricula after the test, rather than focus on other learning programs in order to balance out.

According to Education Week, some teachers are trying to focus on in-depth learning methods in order to ensure their students are receiving the best education possible. One teacher in particular writes in the source that taking time to really teach at an in-depth level could help prepare students for their future endeavors.

For example, the source finds a study that examined two different high schools and how they taught. The first focused more heavily on the test materials, while the other school administered in-depth learning. The study found that although students from the first group scored higher on tests, students in the second group received higher marks as they advanced toward college.

According to the Huffington Post, several teachers unions have been at the forefront of the fight against using test scores to grade teachers.



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