2. What's Wrong With This Picture?
|Can you read the text on the poster? It reads,|
"J.E.S. worked hard to improve Scores. We are no longer a Focus School!"
But that's not why I'm writing about this tweet, which I found exceedingly irritating. No, I'm writing about some key words here.
Do you want to understand the insidious nature of high stakes testing? Look no further than the picture in this tweet.
"J.E.S. worked hard to improve Scores." And yes, they capitalized Scores.
Did they work hard to improve their students' knowledge?
Did they work hard to educate their students?
Did they work hard to become better teachers?
No. They "worked hard to improve Scores." High stakes testing is not about students learning. It's about how the "Scores" make a district, or school, look.