Joe Cadillic writes:
The National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), is planning on assessing students social and emotional “mindsets” like “grit,” “desire for learning,” and “school climate.”
According to the NAGB, school kids from 4th-12th., grades will be given ‘mindset assessments.’
Unfortunately, student assessments have been going on since 1990, students across the country at grades 4, 8 and 12 are being given reading, mathematics, writing, science, U.S. history, geography assessments.
Indoctrinating students and assessing their mindset was a hallmark of Nazi Germany. Our kids are being assessed from grade school through college. This should scare the crap out of everyone, why is the mass media silent as our gov’t assesses kids?
Read more on MassPrivateI.
Joe and I have had a fascinating debate about the rest of his post. We agree in principle that mindset assessments are just wrong for so many reasons, but we wound up in some gentle disagreement over the legality under federal laws. I think that districts may be able to get away with these if they obtain prior parental consent. I hope that if asked, parents do NOT consent, but that’s another story.
As I wrote to Joe in one of our exchanges today, I am actually all for academic assessments that can tell us whether children are ready for the next stage of curriculum or if they need additional rehearsal or remediation for. I don’t want children being pushed through the system, and such assessments can be used by parents to argue for more help and services for their child. But:
I draw the line at social-emotional assessments, which I think schools should ONLY be doing if: (1) they have empirically validated tools (which they generally don’t have) and (2) parental consent in advance, and (3) adequate data security and privacy protections (which they generally don’t have).
Go read Joe’s post and then reply either there or here to let us know what you think of this issue.