ERIC Number: ED317559
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Remarks of Albert Shanker, President, American Federation of Teachers at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Conference.
The search for solutions to the perceived failures of American education of recent years indicates that the public senses there is something wrong with the educational system. Educators must examine testing in light of the fact that schools are getting poor results in terms of student achievement and, perhaps, change their view of what tests should accomplish. Theoretically, test scores should lead to change in schools. The following questions should be addressed by educators: whether group or cooperative learning is preferable to individualized learning, what the relative values of questions with one right answer and questions requiring judgment are, and how far schools should go beyond the manipulation of numbers. Examples drawn from the Holweide School in Cologne (West Germany) and the Boy Scouts of America illustrate education that engages the student. The importance of basing practice on the understanding that different people learn in different ways and at different rates, reestablishing the connection between school and work, and making the educational program and the assessment program relevant to the world of work are discussed. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Educational Testing Service Conference (New York, NY, October 28, 1989).