Craft tests that measure impact of instruction

Gov. Neil Abercrombie unilaterally mandated a teacher contract. This resulted in an entire school year where teacher morale was in the dumps. Not the best way to achieve excellence in education.

The governor was demanding that teachers be evaluated on standard achievement tests. The problem with that is instruction has little to do with test results. The most important factor in those results is the IQ level of the test taker.

Tests could be crafted that do measure the impact of instruction, but they must closely track instruction, and be administered in a timely fashion. Such tests should be part of any good instruction program.

Tom Hansen