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  • William Chiu

    I grew up in the Cupertino area of California, and it was ingrained into our minds by the public school system and our peers that these standardized assessments were the only valid measurements of intellect, which I do not by any means believe that they are.

    The teachers are the ones who are actively engaged in the classroom, which means they know firsthand how well (or poorly) these tests are in terms of determining whether or not their students have learned the information the district has mandated them to learn.

    I support these teachers who are taking a stand against these standardized tests, but it is a much larger issue than just that of Seattle's. It raises questions regarding other standardized tests and other forms of assessment such as those used to gauge college-readiness or academic intelligence, like the SAT or ACT.

    • Lindsey Durant

      Thank you for bringing up the larger topic of measuring student intellect via standardized testing K-college. Our nation has a habit of using these tests improperly and for misaligned purposes. The MAP test in Seattle is only one of many examples.

      So, William, I wonder what your peers at NYU think? I would encourage you to begin a conversation with your friends to see if they too agree that standardized testing (a $50 billion industry in the US) deserves some scrutiny? Is there a better way to share student performance? Some teachers believe that performance portfolios are a more comprehensive and accurate measure of student progress. I can't wait to hear what you come up with!

  • Lindsey Durant

    The Parent Right to Know Bill HB 1293, which calls on Washington state and school districts to shine a light on how much time and money it takes to administer the ever-growing number of standardized tests, is gaining momentum in the house. Isn't it important that parents (and community members) know exactly which tests public school children will take K-12, as well as how much instructional time will be missed and the cost (to taxpayers) for these assessments?