Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Focus on Children, Not Testing

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) has issued a new report entitled The Learning Compact Redefined: A Call to Action. Here is an excerpt.
Current educational practice and policy focus overwhelmingly on academic achievement. This achievement, however, is but one element of student learning and development and only a part of any complete system of educational accountability.

Together, these elements support the development of a child who is healthy, knowledgeable, motivated, and engaged.

To develop the whole child requires that

Communities provide
  • Family support and involvement.
  • Government, civic, and business support and resources.
  • Volunteers and advocates.
  • Support for their districts’ coordinated school health councils or other collaborative structures.
Schools provide
  • Challenging and engaging curriculum.
  • Adequate professional development with collaborative planning time embedded within the school day.
  • A safe, healthy, orderly, and trusting environment.
  • High‐quality teachers and administrators.
  • A climate that supports strong relationships between adults and students.
  • Support for coordinated school health councils or other collaborative structures that are active in the school.
Teachers provide
  • Evidence‐based assessment and instructional practices.
  • Rich content and an engaging learning climate.
  • Student and family connectedness.
  • Effective classroom management.
  • Modeling of healthy behaviors.
This report is all about changing the focus of our conversations to what is best for children, and recognizing that the continued emphasis solely on tests and test scores is not enough. Take just a few minutes to read this report. It's time for a change.


  1. In the early day of my carreer in teaching my pet peeve was that sometimes teachers expected too little of their students and realized their expectations. Expecting too little of children is a shame and a disgrace. Expecting the impossible of children is cruel.

    Only in Lake Wobegon are all children above average.

  2. Hear hear to you, Tricia, and also to Terrell.

  3. Quite interesting and impressive. Thanks for sharing this.