7 Hidden Truths of Testing (Full Blog Series List)

By James Comans There are several things about standardized testing in Mississippi that you, the taxpayer, probably don’t know. It’s not because nobody knows it’s happening, or because we educators don’t want you to know… It’s just kind of like “Fight Club”… we are not supposed to talk about it.  So, in this blog series, I did […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing, #7: The Worship of Testing Undermines Real Solutions

By James Comans Welcome to the last of “7 Hidden Truths of Testing.”  Today, I’d like to take a look at the consequences of trusting too much in the power of standardized testing.  Hidden Truth #7: The worship of testing undermines real solutions Testing doesn’t actually fix anything. Assessment is useful information. It’s valuable for […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing, #6: Testing Materials are Top Secret

By James Comans Welcome back to “7 Hidden Truths of Testing.” Last time, we discussed the negative impact the modern testing culture is having on teacher health. Today: What’s going on between your child and that computer screen? Hidden Truth #6: Testing materials are Top Secret.  We’ve talked about lots of hidden truths of testing […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing, #5: It’s Creating a Public Health Crisis

By James Comans Welcome back to “7 Hidden Truths of Testing,” in which we examine the often unspoken ways the modern testing culture is affecting Mississippi. Yesterday, I detailed some of the facts about the big money behind standardized testing. Today, we look at the toll testing takes on teachers. (Say that 5 times fast!) […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing, #4: Testing your kid is a BIG Business for Somebody

By James Comans Welcome back to “7 Hidden Truths of Testing,” a blog series for MSEdBlog examining standardized testing in Mississippi. Last time, I discussed the negative effects the modern testing culture has on teaching as a profession. Today, it’s all about the money. Truth #4: Standardized testing these days is a BIG business. It’s estimated standardized […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing, #3: Teachers Become Liars, Cheaters, and Thieves

By James Comans Welcome back to “7 Hidden Truths of Testing,” in which we examine the realities of standardized testing in Mississippi from the educator’s point of view. It’s not filtered research from a corporation; it’s not a scientific study from a government agency. It’s just testimony from the people seeing it happen on the […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing, #2: Testing Experiences Vary Widely

By James Comans Welcome back to “7 Hidden Truths of Testing,” in which we examine the realities of standardized testing in Mississippi from the educator’s point of view. This is not filtered research from a corporation; it’s not a scientific study from a government agency. It’s just testimony from the people seeing it happen on […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing, #1: Learning is Disrupted

By James Comans Welcome to an MSEdBlog series this week called 7 Hidden Truths of Testing. In this series, I’m going to tell you 7 things about standardized testing in Mississippi that you, the taxpayer, probably don’t know. It’s not because nobody knows it’s happening, or because we educators don’t want you to know… It’s just kind of like Fight […]

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