When the tail wags the dog, we lose our way.
Assessment should reflect and serve real learning - not the other way around. And yet in today's test and punish accountability fad, we are obsessed with reducing learning to what can be counted.
There seems to be a kind of psychometric alchemy that is annexing our education system, pushing more and more educators to use testing as a blue-print for learning. When assessment drives the learning, we narrow the kinds of teaching and learning to only what is quantifiable.
Do we not recognize that much of what goes on in the best schools is unquantifiable? Do we not recognize that much of what the tests measure are what matters the least?
When assessment drives the learning, we fail our children more than they could every fail us.