Battle Creek Editorial: High-Stakes Testing Is Killing Our Schools

As we go into our last year of Ohio Graduate Tests… and begin the new era of 50% of a teacher’s evaluation to be based on one test… food for thought

Diane Ravitch's blog

This editorial in the Battle Creek Enquirer is exactly right. High-stakes testing is ruining education.

Testing kids more and blaming their teachers doesn’t improve education.

The editorial rightly points out that Michelle Rhee–the advocate for high-stakes testing and every punitive measure she can dream up–is no model for Michigan.

Her teacher evaluation system in DC has produced no dramatic improvement.

Nor will she ever admit that the DC schools still have the largest achievements gaps in the nation.

When I see an editorial like this, I am reminded that the American people have not lost their minds.

But our policymakers in states like Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, and a few other states most certainly have.

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