By Michele A. Hernández
A former admissions officer at Dartmouth university unearths how the world's such a lot hugely selective colleges particularly make their judgements.
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Much has been written about the current state of the teaching profession in the United States, which is under great pressure to conform to mandates around testing and curriculum. As we pen this book, discussions regarding the role of teacher unions, merit pay, seniority, credentialing, and linking teacher pay to gains on student test scores swirl through the news. 4 Race to the Top is only the most recent policy push affecting educators. The fact that the primary teaching evaluation measure being discussed is student standardized examination scores certainly evidences what educator and philosopher Henry Giroux terms the growing “technization” of teaching.
They are not afraid to imagine more for their students. • Each teacher is resilient. ). They also adapt to changing mandates placed upon them by their school, district, and the state (regardless of the teachers’ views on these) and work to help their students adapt and cope as well. • Each is willing to reflect and share their class and curricular outcomes and experience with others at their local school sites, and also in collaboration with researchers and other teachers through published works, such as Teaching Harry Potter.
Some questioned the qualifications of those administering and scoring the tests. How will Arne Duncan and his team handle similar issues? Any standardized assessments administered on such a large scale would need to be able to be scored quickly and would have to be perceived as “objective” as well. To retain largescale credibility in the current political environment, they would also need to be directly linked to state and/or federal standards. All these will likely limit the degree to which any new test can truly capture and reflect a student’s critical thinking skills, which are highly individualized and contextualized.