Can teaching to the test be a good thing?

06/20/2011 | Edutopia.org

Teaching to the test has been unfairly dismissed, according to schools consultant Ben Johnson, who writes in this blog post that teachers should tell students what information they will be tested on and the purpose behind the tests. Ideally, Johnson writes, teachers and students will work together to meet rigorous standards set forth by standardized tests. He compares not teaching to the test to giving soccer players basic skills, such as kicking, but not telling them the rules of the game.

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