The Testing Backlash
List Price: 10.00
Available: May 2017
Parents, teachers, school administrators, citizens, and legislators from both sides of the political spectrum have seen an explosion of standardized testing in public schools. Their message has been clear and remarkably consistent despite the divergent sources of discontent: We have gone much too far in the amount of testing students endure in the United States in our public schools, and a re-evaluation of testing is long overdue.
In 2015, a backlash against testing grew and grew, culminating in zero students participating in testing in some schools, particularly in Boulder, Colorado. This book describes the reasons for the backlash and suggests some remedies to improve the way testing is used in public schools in the United States.
Do schools in the United States have room for improvement? Of course. This book argues that relying on standardized testing confuses the diagnosis for the cure.
Jonathan Wolfer has spent his 20 year career in public education as a teacher, assistant principal, central office administrator, and now principal in the Denver, Colo. metropolitan area. Currently principal at Douglass Elementary School in Boulder, he lives in Denver with his wife and children. He holds degrees from the University of Puget Sound and Colorado College.