This is so important. I do see the need for SAT or ACT tests. That’s fine, and those are optional (in a way, since they are required for college applications). But it would be so much better if we could see every student in school with a breakfast & lunch (especially a breakfast served longer in the morning…), school supplies, backpacks, winter coats, etc. That doesn’t solve the poverty at home, but it can help. Stop focusing on the high stakes/high stress tests and start trusting teachers. We see the students daily. We know they struggle. Let us give individualised attention based on mastery of the content; not train them to test. Testing isn’t going to give them the skills they need in college and careers. Knowing how to think, how to question, how to research, and how to solve problems (yes, I’m starting a coding club, watch here for details .http://www.donorschoose.org/allegradambruoso/ ), is what is going to get them to succeed in life.
That’s the number.
We need exactly ZERO standardized tests in our public schools.
I know that sounds extreme. We’ve been testing our children like it was the only thing of academic value for more than a decade. When the question finally arises – how many tests do we need? – it can sound radical to say “none.”
But that’s the right answer.
And finally Congress is asking the right question.
The U.S. Senate is holding hearings to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) – the federal law that governs K-12 schools. One of the biggest issues at stake is exactly this – how many standardized tests should we give students?
Sen. Lamar Alexander – head of the Senate Education Committee – is asking the public to email testimony to FixingNCLB@help.senate.gov…
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