One size Fits Few: by Susan Ohanian
In One Size Fits Few by Susan Ohanian she thinks that the standards test are created in such a manner that it is setting up the students for failure. Very true, I feel the same way too because there are questions on the New York State test that the students cannot relate to or is irrelevant for this region. Here in New York City there are many immigrants and the curriculum used is not individualized and fitted to the students' life. Another point highlighted by Ohanian is that the same expectations are cast upon all students regardless of the student's intent. Since there is one structure to which everyone has to comply with well then only a few will benefit. And that is why the students with different cultural backgrounds who perform poorly on the test exposes the flaws in a test that is supposed to be standard.
My views on standards are that it controls what the teacher slavishly teaches and leaves no room for creativity. The teacher is pressured into teaching what the bureaucracy wants -- and that is teaching for the test while other essential skills (e.g social) are neglected. These national test takes away the motivation and fun of learning that students should have in the classroom. So rather than benefitting the students, instead the standardization is hurting them.
I do agree with this quote by Diane Ravitch from Lessons Learned. she states that standardize test give a quick snap shot of students performances at a specific point and time. But they are not sufficient to measure student learning." (p. 238)