By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – For a broad view of our troubles in education, read The New York Times editorial “The Trouble With Testing Mania.”READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Heat Advisory In Effect As Temperatures Hit Record Highs On Saturday
A decade ago schools were required to test students in math and reading, grades 3-8 yearly, and show progress in order to get federal aid. If they did not meet targets for two years, they would be labeled “needing help” and subjected to sanctions.READ MORE: Court Rules On Mail Ballots As Senate Race Votes Are Counted
Then came other testing through a competitive grant program, Race to the Top, a waiver program related to No Child Left Behind – pushing states to create teacher evaluations taking student performance into account.
The article looks at Finland’s student success, pointing to quality teacher preparation, standards and a national curriculum.MORE NEWS: Police Investigating Series Of Gunpoint Robberies In Center City, West Philadelphia
It gives a hopeful nod to the newly adopted Common Core – with expectations of moving beyond the rote memorization to reasoning and writing skills and also supports looking beyond at advanced courses, promotion rates and college-going rates to gauge progress, not just testing.