“What happens when schooling separates content knowledge from thinking skills and measures (and thus teaches) only the former?”

-Grant Wiggins from a recent blog post discussing research findings that call into question the link between standardized tests and the development of cognitive abilities.

 I know that it seems like I’m always quoting Wiggins, but his work in grading and assessment overlaps quite a bit with the topics that I am passionate about.  He pushes my thinking and validates some of my opinions, so I naturally find his writing intriguing.  Here, he dissects the research to find point out that only lessons targeted at specific cognitive skills has been shown to cause significant growth… and a focus on “kill and drill” has done the opposite.