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How did third graders at an underperforming school defy expectations?

Sun, Jan 11, 2015

Distance Learning, Uncategorized

The Washington Post published a fascinating article describing how 3rd grade teachers in Virginia defied the odds by raising student test scores by double digits in one year at an Arlington County School.  The grade level instructional strategy was designed by the staff and included a rigorous test preparation intervention, which literally taught to the test. It is a fine example of an action research experiment that was extremely successful.  Although staff members were pleased with the results, the process is questionable. It raises the debate whether teaching to the new standards based tests is actually focusing on the test rather than content. However, if the test adequately tests knowledge of the standards, are you really teaching to the test or teaching to the curriculum?

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