We'd like you to tell us what standardized testing is doing for teachers and students in the United States. We'd also like to know what you think testing ought to do for teachers and students.
There has been a lot of discussion about the impact of testing on student learning. Some argue that objective testing is the only fair way to evaluate student learning and the quality of education being received by our students.
Others argue that current tests actually harm students by supporting instructional methods that de-emphasize essential skills — like writing, real-world problem-solving, and critical, scientific, and creative thinking.
However you feel about NCLB or standardized testing, you are likely to agree that today's tests aren't perfect. So, in addition to providing an opportunity for you to tell us what you think about today's tests, we're giving you a chance to tell us about your testing "wish list."
Take the NTS and tell us what you think, and we will share what we learn with you, and with policy makers and test developers all over the USA.
IMBES, International Mind, Brain, and Education Society
Kurt W. Fischer, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Marc Schwartz, University of Texas at Arlington
Jenny Thomson, Harvard Graduate School of Education
David Rose, Center for Applied Special Technologies
Elsbeth Stern, Institute for Behavioral Sciences, Switzerland
Debrah Hall, The Monarch School
Cheryl Armon, Antioch University, LA