You don’t have to make a choice between doing well in standard test scores and having kids doing brilliant, beautiful work that inspires others. That’s a false choice.
Amid the clamor in every state around student testing, a critical goal is missing from the debate: the ability of students to create high-quality work. We’re obsessed with test scores, when we should be focused on helping students learn to do the work that helps them for the rest of their lives.
When a student is done with her schooling, she will be judged for the rest of her life not by her scores on a test of basic skills, but by the quality of her work and her character.