Assessment or Testing

November 14, 2008

This recent post by Doug Noon about testing and assessment really struck me. I love this:

If we’d have used an NCLB-style approach to the Apollo moon mission, President Kennedy would have simply ordered NASA to fly conventional airplanes higher and higher until they fell out of the sky, and then blamed the pilots for lacking the will and the know-how to get the job done.

Indeed, though at least in that scenario the goal is still the moon. The current NCLB goals won’t get us to the moon. We don’t need a nation of students that know a collection of skills and facts. We need a nation of thinkers that can use skills and facts to solve problems.

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