Try as I might, I can't follow the logic of this typical educationist pronouncement cited in this NYT piece.
"If the fourth graders are scoring well on these tests, what does that actually tell us?" asked Bree Picower, a former sixth grade teacher at Public School 19 in Manhattan who now trains teachers as an adjunct professor at New York University. "It tells us they are spending more time in after-school programs in test prep and it tell us that teachers are being pressured to teach to the test. But it doesn't tell us much about what students are capable of, what they know and what they are able to do."Of all things, this Ms. Picower now trains teachers but seems unaware that tests can indeed demonstrate what students know and are capable of doing and perhaps test what they should know. What does she think should be the purpose of education?
Ms. Picower is a member of a group called the New York Collective of Radical Educators, which plans to stage a protest against testing this afternoon outside the headquarters of the city Education Department.
A reader at joannejacobs put it succinctly:
It's teaching to the test, but since the test should be based upon what they should be learning, the teachers are just being forced to teach the kids what they should be learning. Not that radical of a concept...