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method of measuring how well schools are doing. Many attribute this change to the No Child Left Behind Act that was put in place in 2001 under the Bush Administration. As No Child Left Behind stressed measurement and achievement, the nation turned toward standardized tests to fulfill this task. This resulted in a greater focusHowever, many people have questioned the validity of this quantitative system of measurement, especially as it has caused a shift to a more standardized education; a number of people advocate a focus on teaching through meaningful experience and focusing on a more qualitative form of assessment. Within a speech given by Beverly Falk on November, 2008 she advocated for teaching in the way that children learn. (In this case the students focused on were of elementary age.) She presents the focus on academic drills, scripted teaching and standardized testing that exists within the educational system today. Falk goes on to argue the need to nurture children within their developmental needs and to teach in the ways that the children learn. The notion that an educational system that focuses on assessment and teaching methods that focus teaching and learning, rather than the “high stakes” that are involved within the quantitative system that exists today. In “Darkening the Ovals of Education,” Hunter Brimi reflects upon the effect that the focus of standardized testing has on students. He presents the thought that students who perform well on standardized tests and assessments will not necessarily do better in the ‘real world.’ In addition, such assessments create a greater stress on where the students fall quantitatively, rather than qualitatively. Phyllis Tashlik argues for a performance-based system within “Changing the
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course EDU 300 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '09 term at BYU.

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