Monday, November 19, 2012
Test Scores Don't Measure What We Really Want
A couple of weeks ago, I went to Math Night at our school and watched as our students engaged in math through games and stations. It is so different from the way our adopted curriculum expects us to teach.
The next morning, I read Seth Godin's blog post called "Avoiding the False Proxy." The idea is that when we can't measure what we need, we invent a proxy. "Once you find the simple proxy and decide to make it go up, there are lots of available tactics that have nothing at all to do with improving the very thing you set out to achieve in the first place."
Those of us in education have experienced a long list of these tactics. Quality education is difficult to measure.
How would you measure eduction?