T3$T P@#P part 2: the illegitimate stepchild of education

When most educators and parents hear the words “test prep” you immediately see the corners of their mouths curl up in a snarl of disgust, disdain, derision, and other d-words. What is “test prep” and why does it inspire such misplaced ire and disdain from students, parents, and educators

The hostility that many teachers and educators show toward the time they spend “preparing students for tests” and the rhetoric surrounding that characterization surprises and befuddles me.

The disdain for that many educators show for test prep is confusing to me because while they will rant for hours about the time wasted on “test prep,” the people who can clearly articulate what test

This reaction always befuddles me as they think of hours of wasted time as for children drill in the nuances of filling in bubbles on a Scantron form. As a 20 year vet of the test prep industry, I’m torn about the validity of this assessment and would like to weigh in on this topic and perhaps add some clarity and color to a discussion that is far from black and white.

The key issue with this reaction is that it overlooks the fundamental truths of testing and it disassociates “regular” classroom learning from whats tested All instruction is test preparation. When a child learns something new he is


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