In other parts of the country, the next wave of standardized testing has arrived —tests that measure kids in art, music, and phys ed. This article “No More Ditching Gym Class” from Slate.com asks, is that even possible?
From the article:
“Assessments like these are controversial. Many parents don’t like the idea of their already over-tested children taking even more exams, particularly in subjects like art and gym, which are usually thought of as relaxing breaks in an otherwise stressful school day. But with the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program providing billions of dollars to states and school districts that agree to evaluate all teachers according to student achievement data, attempts to “count” learning in nontraditional subjects are proliferating.”
What do you think? Can the quixotic nature of creativity really be measured in a standardized test? And what about students whose talents lie elsewhere? How would their performance on tests like these impact their education?