NASBE chairman: “Should schools require standardized testing?
Christie Link, chairman of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), has released the following statement to The New York Times
“Bills on testing, which lawmakers seem determined to push through before the November election, are wreaking havoc on schools and teachers. Legislation that passed this year in Arizona bans student testing to grade student performance, prohibits school principals from monitoring students’ standardized tests, and requires higher teacher-evaluation scores than the college-going success rates required by the Higher Education Act.
Instead of the ‘calculating-and-recapturing tests we have now,’ states should see test results as a tool for learning and in no way in place of a well-trained teacher’s expertise and the building blocks for learning on a variety of subjects. Instead of testing a student’s readiness for the next grade, states should instead focus on making sure the student is ready for a course and not asking how the student can score the ‘best’ on a test. States should take students’ test scores and use them as their own benchmarks and not teachers’ grading curves to hold teachers accountable to high standards.
Passing legislation to ban this testing, which lawmakers seem determined to push through before the November election, is not what students and parents have in mind when they send their children to school to learn.”
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