The chapter discusses standardized testing- a topic argued about quite often, especially in PED3150. I was reading this chapter with the mindset of being a supporter of standardized tests. After reading this chapter, however, I am uncertain how I feel about standardized testing.
"Standardized tests are plagued with intractable problems, they're inherently biased, distorting the performance of people who are culturally or linguistically different, regardless of ability, intelligence, or achievement."
And this statement is 100% true. Reading this statement made me think about how it must feel like for someone who did not grow up in Canada to try and complete a standardized test based around Canadian culture/politics/language/economics. Or even the opposite- how I would feel trying to complete a standardized test in a new country that I move to.
What I thought was frustrating about this chapter is when the principals speak to Mr. Ayers about his student's performance, which results in having the class split into three different groups. I strongly disagree with using standardized testing scores to differentiate children and automatically assume that the kids placed in the "lower" group are not intelligent. Standardized tests should only be used to measure the understanding of certain concepts (like math or English) in schools. It should NOT be used to divide students based on their scores.