Is that what we are doing when we prepare students for the end of year tests in third, fourth, and fifth grades. We are also teaching them reading and math, science and social studies. When I look at the Virginia math test at any level, I want my students to pass it. It is a pretty good multiple choice test. I have more issues with the Virginia reading test, which goes beyond reading skills I feel and with a small part of the test assessing students on how well they use encyclopedias and other reference materials, which I would like to add, in this century students pretty much will never use.
But with our school facing daunting pressure to meet AYP in both reading and math, how often are we just preparing students to master the material and how often are we teaching them to outsmart the test or practice filling in bubbles. I would like to say we always focus on the former but when the pressure is on, we also want to make sure students know how to take a test. That appears to be what Obama and Biden don't want but under this current system, when pressure is high, that kind of teaching does occur in any school in this country. How do we have accountability for schools without multiple choice tests or having students practice filling in the bubbles? I encourage you to check out the White house website and I will have to watch and see what Obama/Biden mean when they put quotes like the one above on their website.