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In this episode, Dr. Marachi offers a critique on standardized testing as part of a larger phenomenon of big data and predictive analytics. She talks about testing as relating to resource distribution and data mining; about power holders as test makers and the design and coding of tests to keep them secure as power holders; and about social justice and 21st century learning promises as marketing tools and distractions to the real agenda for social maintenance—not social change.
In the closeout of the episode, I talk about the darker side of this conversation. On the ESHpodcast, we are known for making visible the invisible. That’s the whole premise to focus on social power. It is a real phenomenon although it is invisible. The challenge with this call was not coming face to face with the invisible. It was learning how deeply structured the invisible actually is. It is through this complexity, not invisibility, that we are duped into maintaining the status quo. Without understanding the deeply entrenched existence of the margins, there can be no disruption!
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Resources and Links Mentioned in this Episode:
Critical Questions about Computerized Testing and SmarterBalanced Assessment Scores (by Dr. Roxana Marachi)
The Shiny Apple with the Rotten Core (by Angela Dye)
Other ESHpodcast Episodes Mentioned
Terms and Concepts Mentioned
High stakes testing; standardized tests; computerized learning; K12 education; accountability; predictive analysis; precision analysis; big data; data mining
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