High stakes testing in the form of annual state assessments has caused angst for teachers, administrators, parents, and students for the last 12-13 years. The new assessments being used this year are aligned to the new state standards and designed to better measure critical thinking skills rather than the memorization of facts. Even though Dr. Diane DeBacker, Kansas Commissioner of Education, has told teachers to “Breathe. Don’t worry about the test.” many educators are having trouble following her advice. Join Glenn Wiebe as he discusses the format of the new social studies assessment and reassures teachers that their good teaching practices should allow them to breathe easier in the future.
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