Why is the Chicago teachers strike partly about standardized testing? The answer is that despite the fact that these tests don’t measure individual student growth as it relates to the teacher providing the instruction, it is used by the Chicago schools to evaluate those teachers.
This is a nationwide issue, and it is a travesty. These tests are used to identify failing schools because those schools do not meet “standards.” Yet these tests fail to address the two most important factors in measuring student progress: the aptitude of the student and the progress the student has made subject by subject, teacher by teacher from the beginning to the end of the school year.
It is time to develop tests which focus on these factors.