Teach to the Student, Not the Test
AbstractNational education reform has led to increased accountability and high-stakes testing in primary and secondary grades. Testing has become a billion-dollar industry in the United States, and many schools have created a culture of teaching to the test while eliminating or reducing instruction of non-tested subjects. Standardized assessments are used to evaluate teachers and schools. However, validity can be questioned when significant gaps in student performance continue to exist between racial subgroups. The purpose of this article is to examine progress made in closing the Black-White achievement gap, by analyzing fourth and eighth gradersâ€™ achievement on NAEP assessments from 2005 to 2017. The author suggests reducing the number of standardized assessments and replacing test preparation curriculum with culturally relevant instruction.
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