What test to teach to?

One can’t fault the teachers since they’re being evaluated in part on how well their students score on these tests. But could there be clearer evidence that the point of schooling is to take tests? That test preparation, more than anything else — creativity, social skills, general knowledge, critical thinking, ethics — is what drives lesson plans? This is from an article called “Michigan teachers scramble to create lesson plans, now that MEAP test is back on“:

After the Michigan Legislature decided in June to throw out the Smarter Balanced test for next school year, educators are now scrambling to prepare lesson plans geared toward the MEAP. The result: A lot of teacher uncertainty about what they should emphasize in the classroom.

Teachers do not know what to teach unless they know which test to teach to. And this is not even a secret; they say so outright.

 

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