I really think he’s onto something here….
Yesterday I saw a presentation by Anne Weerda about measuring how much students learn while they are enrolled in our classes (“student growth” will soon be part of teacher evaluations in my state). This presentation was thorough and systematic in a way that many presentations I’ve seen about standards-based teaching and testing have not been.
As I engaged with this presentation, I started to see the “big picture” values and assumptions of standards-based teaching, a particular philosophy of and approach to school reform that that has been ascendant during the last 20 years or so of school reform. Standards-based teaching can be summarized as:
1. Telling students in great detail what they should be doing.
2. Seeing if they do it.
Of course, there are more-complicated ways of saying this, such as this from an introduction to the national Common Core standards:
the Common Core State Standards establish clear…
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