Saturday, January 25, 2014

Re: The Defiant Parents: Testing’s Discontents

Some blog followers might be interested in a discussion list post “Re: The Defiant Parents: Testing’s Discontents” [Hake (2014)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: John Denker, in his PhysLrnR post “The Defiant Parents: Testing’s Discontents” called attention to Rebecca Mead's New Yorker article of the same name at Mead wrote: “. . . . there is a burgeoning opt-out movement, with parents, teachers, and administrators questioning the efficacy of the tests as they are currently administered, in measuring both the performance of teachers and the progress of students.”

Denker wrote (paraphrasing): “There's a medium-sized revolt going on. But it's not a huge revolt because of weak messaging and weak leadership. Specifically the anti-testers haven't come up with a crisp description of what they are revolting against . . . . or where they would like to go instead.”

Denker is either oblivious or dismissive of the vigorous leadership, voluminous messaging, and pro-public-/anti-private-education positions of (a) Diane Ravitch and (b) “Fair Test” with its discussion list ARN-L with OPEN! archives at

Unfortunately, both Ravitch and “Fair Test” appear to be uninformed regarding the virtues of rigorous measurement of students’ higher-order learning by means of zero-stakes FORMATIVE (i.e., “designed and used to improve an object, especially when it is still being developed”) pre/post testing utilizing Concept Inventories which are constructed by disciplinary experts through arduous qualitative and quantitative research – see e.g., (a) “The Impact of Concept Inventories On Physics Education and Its Relevance For Engineering Education” (Hake, 2011) at (8.7 MB); and (b) “Can the Cognitive Impact of Calculus Courses be Enhanced?” (Hake, 2013) at (2.7 MB).

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University; Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands; President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII); LINKS TO: Academia; Articles; Blog; Facebook; GooglePlus; Google Scholar; Linked In; Research Gate; Socratic Dialogue Inducing (SDI) Labs; Twitter

REFERENCES [URL shortened by and accessed on 25 Jan 2014.]
Hake, R.R. 2014. “Re: The Defiant Parents: Testing’s Discontents” online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists.

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