Recently, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing reported on the release of a dozen years of 12th grade NAEP scores revealing the test-based accountability era of G. W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind and Obama’s Race to the Top with its seriously flawed and draconian Common Core Standards has had no discernible effect on the test scores of seniors.
“How much more evidence do federal and state policy-makers need that driving schooling through standardized exams does not increase educational quality?” asked Fair Test Public Education Director Bob Schaeffer. “It is time to abandon failed test-and-punish policies and adopt assessments that have been shown to improve teaching and learning.”
Second, I read What, Me Worry? By Kristin Sainani writing for a Publication of the Stanford Alumni Association. The Stanford piece discussed two kinds of stress: Good Stress vs. Bad Stress, and how chronic stress shrinks the hippocampus (one…
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