This year is the first year schools in Maine are using the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP). In order to fulfill requirements of No Child Left Behind, NECAPs test students in grades three through eight in reading and math and are administered in the Fall to assess the previous year's teaching and learning.
As long as we have standardized test we are never going to get away from the fact that at least some of what they measure is a student's ability to take standardized tests. Knowing how to bubble efficiently, how to eliminate answers quickly in a multiple choice, how to preview questions when reading for comprehension are just some of the skills that can make for a better score. This is at least one reason such testing always needs to be put in perspective.
7 years ago