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From: Nancy Hansen (sfallsliteracy@yahoo.com)
Date: Thu Jul 28 2005 - 15:30:06 EDT


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From: Nancy Hansen <sfallsliteracy@yahoo.com>
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Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:1176] RE: high-stakes testing, state/federal accountability, and standardized tests
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David - You wrote:
<< > > .Standardized testing may not always be the
> "sharpest knife" in the  
> > drawer
> > someone told me recently, but it is often the only
> knife in the  
> > drawer. (from Pauline Mcnaughton) 
> 
> And continued Pauline's great metaphor:
> 
> 1) We should use the best knives we have.
> 2) We may need some new, better knives.
> 3) We should be careful not to use knives when
> spoons or forks would  
> be better.
> 4) We should avoid using knives to hammer nails or
> fasten buttons (ouch)>>

Allow me to add one more:

5) We should be cautious not to use "the only knife in
the drawer" to cut the throat of learners in programs
with just literacy level 1 learners whom *I* believe
it's unrealistic to expect will increase 2 GL in one
reporting period.

Nancy Hansen
Executive Director
Sioux Falls Area Literacy Council
Sioux Falls, SD
sfallsliteracy@yahoo.com

--- David Rosen <djrosen@comcast.net> wrote:

> NIFL-assessment colleagues,
> 
> Thanks to Howard for the engaging way in which he
> opened this topic.
> 
> On Jul 28, 2005, at 9:17 AM, Pauline Mcnaughton
> wrote:
> 
> > .Standardized testing may not always be the
> "sharpest knife" in the  
> > drawer
> > someone told me recently, but it is often the only
> knife in the  
> > drawer.
> 
> To continue Pauline's great metaphor:
> 
> 1) We should use the best knives we have.
> 2) We may need some new, better knives.
> 3) We should be careful not to use knives when
> spoons or forks would  
> be better.
> 4) We should avoid using knives to hammer nails or
> fasten buttons (ouch)
> 
> David J. Rosen
> djrosen@comcast.net
> 
> 



		
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