This essay about Common Core testing, which ran in the New York Times, is worth reading and sharing. Elizabeth Phillips has been Principal of Public School 321 in Park Slope, Brooklyn for 15 years. Her school is strong. The opinions that she and her teachers have should be heeded.
Her school has administrated a set of tests that she and the teachers feel are inappropriate and not aligned to Common Core. They're not allowed to discuss them. One of the disheartening paragraphs in this piece:
In an age of "agile development" and the raft of technology that makes it possible to revise and improve products--whether technical or text--at the speed of a click.
Phillips heartfelt suggestion:
Iteration and testing. If we teach our children nothing more than this, let us teach them to learn from mistakes and teach them through our own practice.