All effective teachers keep 'data' on their students. We just choose to use data from our own lessons and units. And we DO NOT publish it for the world to see and then judge them. Not some superfluous score on some meaningless standardized test. A test that the students take at the end of the school year. Then receive the SCORE halfway through the 1st semester of the following year. No DATA is provided, other than being COMPARED TO THE SCHOOL, DISTRICT AND STATE scores. No feedback on what they did well on and what they missed.
My middle school students are now having to endure 34 standardized tests "to prepare them for the end of year CC$$ tests" BS!
This testing and data data data craze has NOT ONE THING to do with helping individual students succeed. Their only purpose is to make schools and districts look good or bad. It all depends on how you manipulate your data.
What business is going to ask "What were your KPREP scores from middle school?" "What was you EOC algebra II score from high school?" Not one damn place.
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