One of the things that breaks my heart about this is that when I started teaching eleven years ago, the focus was on "alternative assessment"--finding ways to test what kids know outside of actual tests. No Child Left Behind swept through and demolished that movement. Children who really needed alternative assessments, the kids who do not test well but take in and synthesize information and turn out products that show they understand, those children were left behind by testing, which is the opposite of what NCLB was supposed to do. They might have excelled in an alternative assessment setting, but were instead made to think they are "stupid" in a system that only knows how to measure surface knowledge.
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