Standardized Testing

Teacher Shortage? What a Shock!

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n July 12, the Indianapolis Business Journal ran an Associated Press piece reporting concerns over a looming teacher shortage in Indiana. According to the story, Indiana DOE data shows an alarming drop in teaching licenses issued—934 for the 2013-2104 school year. A mere six years earlier, that number was nearly 7500 (https://www.ibj.com/articles/53976-indiana-facing-chronic-teacher-shortage). That is a …

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This Is Just a Test: Our Lawmakers Should Take the New 3rd Grade Tests

I have been a teacher for 40 years. I have long decried the over-emphasis on testing which began back in the 1980s. Like most teachers, I am not against common standards; there should be some commonalities in what we teach throughout the nation.   I am not against testing; we need to assess what our students …

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