Generally, I’m not a proponent of standardized testing. When I went to elementary and high school in the U.S., I distinctly remember spending entire class periods learning exactly how to answer test questions to receive the best scores on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (elementary school standardized tests), or how to write five paragraph essays for the ACT (one of the American university entrance exams). We spent far more time learning how to take the tests than we did on the material that was actually on the exam. I was not a fan.
That being said, I’m quite impressed with the certified teachers’ integrated English and computer skills exams here in Georgia. In 2011, 23% of exam-takers passed; this year, that percentage jumped to 54%. I mean, passing results nearly doubled? In one year? That’s great. That is the definition of the word “results.”
I wasn’t aware…
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