Smart essay by Ama Nyamekeye in Ed Week on using data and testing.
The free version:
Ama Nyamekye taught high school English in the New York City public schools from 2004 to 2007 and now works as a communications consultant for nonprofits.
Nice read, worth ten of another repetitive dumba** essay from Diane Ravitch.
Most of the teachers I’ve worked with over the years don’t share my newfound enthusiasm. I’m now convinced that these sentiments are the product of a testing movement that has become more about fear and politics than pedagogy.
She brings up interesting points and provokes thoughtful ideas that should be considered. I am wondering why she left teaching after only 3 years. That fact interferes with her credibility to me.
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