The definition of a successful student has to change from one whose achievement is measured solely on the basis of test scores to one who is healthy, emotionally and physically inspired, engaged in the arts, and prepared for employment in a global economy, a report says.
Is there another valid way to measure success besides test scores? I'm sure it's something squishy and subjective. And useless.
[T]he report, released this month, says educational practice and policy today are concentrated overwhelmingly on testing gains.
The reason why education practice and policy are "concentrated overwhelmingly on testing gains" is because when we started looking at such things we noticed that schools weren't doing a very good job at this, their primary charge.
But academic achievement cannot happen without significant emphasis on other factors, including student engagement, personalized learning, and skilled and caring teachers, it adds.
And they know this how? I would think the best way to achieve academic achievement is to focus on academic achievement. One good way to do that is to get feedback from tests of academic achievement.
Abd, er, you're not going to be too successful with the student engagement thingy unless you get the academic achievement thing right in the first place.
“The current focus on accountability has shifted focus away from whole-child education,” said Judy Seltz, the deputy executive director of the Alexandria, Va.-based ASCD, which works to identify and share sound policy and best practices in education.
“We need to rethink what education of the whole child means and make sure every student has access to a rich and challenging curriculum that pays attention to other aspects,” she added, pointing out that research shows students who feel connected to their community tend to do better academically.
That's the good thing about our focus on accountability; it flushes out the chumps, like Judy Schultz, who are reduced to releasing reports that no one takes seriously.