Sure it does. But when a concept is taught out of any context it leaves the short term memory before any real connections are made.
And you know that this is what is happening in his classroom? What does the teacher do? Do you think she takes the test and just goes through the problems one by one making sure the kids know the specific answers to the specific questions?
How do you teach math out of context?
I disagree. And so do most people who have studied the issue. They say the test measures the "size of the house" in the district:
I don't think that most people disagree that standardized testing gives important information about how a child or school is doing in relation to other children and schools - if they did, the huge majority of public school systems around the world wouldn't have been spending millions of dollars a year for decades to gather this data the way they gather it.
I'm not advocating education via testing - I view the process of educating and testing as two separate entities.
I'm just saying that I wouldn't automatically and in a specifically knee-jerk reaction to NCLB mmediately negate the efficacy and usefulness for data gathering that standardized testing CAN provide.
If it's norm based - it can tell you how your child is doing compared to other children his age and if it's criterion based it can give you an idea of what he does or doesn't know.
I think knowing both of these things can be valuable.
And if anyone can come up with a subjectively organized and administered and/or non-standardized method of testing performance of however many millions of children attend public schools - more power to you .
And if parents don't want to know how their child is doing at the end of the year - if they don't care to know whether their child is performing at grade level and have learned what they needed to learn to succeed and progress to the next step - yeah - we can dump the tests.
But I don't think most parents will go for that touchy -feely, subjective and perhaps biased, ' I think your kid is doing as well as he or she should,' or 'In my opinion, your kid looks to be right on target,' sort of information.
Most parents demand some sort of proof that the teacher and school have done their job with their child.
I don't know what to tell you - I never viewed these tests as a punishment of my child. I always found the information they provided me as valuable and helpful in terms of allowing me to see and understand my child's strengths, weaknesses, educational needs and progress.
Do you know what a fourth grader needs to know to successfully enter and participate in the fifth grade curriculum? If you do, that's great - but most parents rely on the school to make sure their child is prepared for the next step- and that's information these tests can provide.
And as far as I read in your opening post - you're talking about one test- and again, if it's not a hardship for him to take it - I'd let him be a normal kid and take the test- especially, if, as you said, he most probably will do well on it.