Check out these results:
- Only 42% of the respondents feel performance on standardized tests is a highly important indicator of school quality.
- A whopping 82% of the respondents feel it is highly important for schools to help students develop interpersonal skills such as being cooperative, respectful of others, and persistent at solving problems. (84% say schools should assess students on their interpersonal skills, and 66% say schools should be held accountable for these test results as well as for academic skill results. )
Does any of this surprise you? Personally I’ve always thought standardized testing was one tool in a toolbelt of many. So it should come as no surprise that I believe the amount of importance placed on testing scores today (for both students and teachers) is inappropriate. However I’m a bit taken aback by the expectations Americans are placing on teachers and schools to develop (and assess!) interpersonal skills.
What are your thoughts? Please share!
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