Teaching students to think outside the standardized test box
Read this article linked here, then tell me if you think this type of instruction is more likely or less likely under NCLB. One could argue that this type of instruction was hard to find before NCLB and you might be right. However, teachers tell us you are even less likely to find such creative, enthusiastic, open-ended activities like this when teachers are overly pressed to "teach to the test."
America, once the world's leader in developing creative entrepreneurs, is rapidly joining the rest of the world in standardized test mania. With the move to spring ISTEP in Indiana we will move from 5 weeks of test review to 5 months of test review. Our kids are so enthused they can't wait!