As a senior, you're done with the standardized testing at the end of the year, known currently as the CST's. As you probably know, the government uses these tests to judge how well a school is teaching you what they have said you are supposed to know. Now the trend is to take your scores and determined whether or not your teacher did a good job of teaching you. From an outsider's perspective, its much easier to look at a number as a rating and draw some conclusions. The LA Times was recently set to publish the names of
6000 teachers test scores to rank them. This brings up a number of potential thoughts.
Do parents have the right to know a teacher's history of test scores? Do teachers have the right to privacy in this matter?
As a student, how much of your CST score do you give credit or blame to your teachers (do not use their names, good or bad)? What else impacts your test results?
Is it fair to have your teachers evaluated in their jobs based on all their students scores? Is it fair to rate the school based on this data? Why or why not?
What are things you have learned in school that cannot be measured on a multiple choice test? What skills should schools teach to prepare you for college or your future careers?
What methods would you recommend to properly evaluate teachers? What is the best way to measure how well the entire school is doing?
Add any other thoughts on the matter, but please be respectful in your comments of your school and teachers or you'll be removed and receive no credit.
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