Standardized Testing and Innovation: Chinese-American Perspective

The ISTE final keynote by Yong Zhao Trim was especially meaningful to me – an international school educator living in China who has a background in Oregon public education.

I’ve watched many changes unfold over the past eleven years – both in the United States and China. I especially focused on the differences and changes in the Chinese and American education systems.

Yong Zhoa Trim’s keynote sums up much of what I have observed: Federal laws and other US initiatives aspire to make US students perform as well as Chinese students on standardized tests. Chinese families are clambering to give their students an American education with the hopes that they might become the next Steve Jobs.

This keynote has come up in a number of conversations the past month or so. I’d like to share it with everyone as a perspective that should be considered when discussing “educational achievement.”

What do you think? Is there a balance between achievement as measured by tests and achievement as measured by creativity/innovation?

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4 thoughts on “Standardized Testing and Innovation: Chinese-American Perspective

  1. I’m a firm believer in that old adage, C students rule the world. I often share it with students to remind them it’s not about grades, but tenacity, enthusiasm, etc. I’ve often thought that America is a good example of that very premise. Where we routinely score poorly by international standards on our education criteria, we experience significant success as measured by happiness, standard of living, etc (and not so well on other standards). But how to measure that?

    • I’ve been reading _Creating Innovators_ this summer. It’s amazing to read the stories of success from people who took alternate educational routes – starting in the system, finding their passion, the pursuing it wholeheartedly.

      Some students have fallen through the cracks of learning even the basics. That has to stop. I’m wondering how we make sure everyone can read, write, and think mathematically – and simultaneously pursue the passions which will make their reading, writing and math come alive.

  2. I wish there was less standardized testing and more learning through creativity. I think genius is wrought through the creative mind rather than stifled by institutionalized ideals. I’m not a teacher, but this is my feeling.

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