Here are some comments about high stakes exams from a reader of my blog:
"You seem to think that you can absolve them of their responsibility by simply blaming the exams for their lack of humanity or professionalism.
About the alleged example of the teachers only feeding the kids properly on test days, I agree that it's disgusting (if it really is true); but it still isn't the fault of the test. It's the fault of the teachers who are displaying this appaling lack of humanity.
Blaming their unethical behaviour on the exam, and not on them, is what's disgusting.
As for your comment about "this implies that only these outcomes should be emphasized in the class? This sounds a little corrupt to me." - I never intimated that only those outcomes should be emphasized. In fact, I consider anybody who ignores the curriculum in favour of 'teaching to the test' to be incompetent and think they should be fired.
And yes, that incompetence is their fault, not the test's fault. "
Full conversation at "Mandated Exams..." and "Don't teach that, its not on the test"
I know open the floor, to any and all readers of my blog. Am I out to lunch, implying it is the test that is forcing our hand here, or is it really the imcompetence of teachers?
Please comment below.