Smarter is dumber, but it is sold as better, smarter and a balanced approach to learning. We are supposed to be panicked that half of our students are not proficient to the new standard. Do a bunch of new things and make changes. I think that they are disappointed that more students did not fail.
The problem is that the test does not allow changes in real time. If we take the test in March and don’t get the results until the new school year has started, it is useless. That means two school years before you can adjust. DCAST at least let you adjust in real time. The results also show us that DCAST could have been tweaked to the new standards.
We have a useless test that enriches some corporation but impoverishes our ability to improve education. Why?