Crankee: One of the ways to truly assess a student’s progress is through a portfolio. You can see what the student has learned through the child’s actual work. Areas needing improvement stand out, as do areas of strength. Portfolios cannot be distilled down into a multiple choice, regurgitative-type test. When sanity returns, we will again have authentic assessments that show actual student progress. Until then, we are stuck with regurgitation, since that is all politicians can easily understand.
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Commenters on the AJC Get Schooled blog had a range of reaction to Maureen Downey’s column last week on the growing parent resistance to standardized tests. In some areas of the country, there have been organized boycotts of state exams. While there’s no organized effort against the CRCT in Georgia, there are concerns about the value of the annual test. Here is a sampling of blog comments: