Change Issues in Curriculum and Instruction/Other Issues Worth Investigating/7 June, 2007

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1. Disconnect between theory and practice with reference to testing.

2. Tests may be expedient, but they might not be authentic.

3. Tests geared toward low-level learning.

4. Preparing for tests replaces instructional time.

5. SOLs as Ceiling Rather Than Floor

6. The Future of Accountability? -- Dumbing down the test? Incentives for Passing?

7. Accountability cannot work if it stops in the schools.

8. Disconnect between policy-makers and practitioners.

9. Taking advantage of opportunities for input -- finding a common ground.