Assessments Hold Schools, States and Nations Accountable Essay

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According to IRA standards, “the primary purpose of assessment is to improve teaching and learning” (International Reading Association, n.d.). This connotation would seem to contradict the uselessness of focused teacher-testing in today’s classroom during the major assessment phase of the school year. However, according to Johnson and Johnson (2002) and Steward (2004), they believe that assessments are useful in holding schools, states and nations, accountable throughout the educational process for student learning (as cited in Richardson, Morgan, & Fleener, 2009). As many of us educators in this district know, this accountability could be seen in our state’s profienciency exam, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®), …show more content…
According to IRA standards, “the primary purpose of assessment is to improve teaching and learning” (International Reading Association, n.d.). This connotation would seem to contradict the uselessness of focused teacher-testing in today’s classroom during the major assessment phase of the school year. However, according to Johnson and Johnson (2002) and Steward (2004), they believe that assessments are useful in holding schools, states and nations, accountable throughout the educational process for student learning (as cited in Richardson, Morgan, & Fleener, 2009). As many of us educators in this district know, this accountability could be seen in our state’s profienciency exam, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®), formerly the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), coupled with the No Child Left Behind policies.High-stakes testing has severe implications for English language learners (ELL) with language proficiency difficulties.These particular students need specific help to attain these high standards of learning. Today’s teachers, therefore, must be provided with the type of preparation that is needed for working with English language learners in America’s classrooms. Educators and politicians are still battling whether teachers are fulfilling this need through the No Child Left Behind Act.
The article, “A Child is not a Test Score: Assessment as a Civil Right”, reminds educators that one of the former presidents, George W. Bush, provided
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