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Chapter 7: Next-Generation Assessment Systems
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
Many educators refer to this quote by Albert Einstein when describing the challenges and frustrations they feel toward high-stakes standardized testing and its impact on day-to-day teaching and learning. Teachers often complain how testing can narrow the curriculum, limit the variety of student learning opportunities, emphasize only basic skills, and fail to measure higher-level thinking. Teachers feel that they support students in learning so much more than what is reflected on test scores. The majority of teachers do not teach in subjects and grade levels that are tested at the state level, but they feel the pressure to side with colleagues who do.
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