Is a student best summarized by a test score?
I would give you a minute to think about that, but I know I don’t have to. You answered right away. Whether you’ve taught for just a year or you’re on the verge of retirement after a long and fulfilling career in the classroom, you know the answer. And that answer, to state the obvious, is no. Students are not best summarized by a single test score, just as no person is best summarized with a single word. And before some of you more clever types start offering up examples to the contrary, ask yourself if you’d be happy having the rest of the world summarize you with just one word.
Therefore, is a teacher best summarized by the results of a single batch of tests?
Again, take a moment, even though I don’t think you need it.
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