The failure of Tennessee’s standardized testing system is yet another reason why high-stakes testing – across the board – needs to be reevaluated. Making major, last minute changes to testing methods causes confusion and puts teachers, students and parents in a bad spot as weeks or months of preparation are rendered useless. It also calls into question the reliability of testing results when these types of distracting situations occur, placing undue and unnecessary stress on the very students who are being tested.
Testing is necessary and important but should be used to measure an individual student’s progress, not to create school-wide averages that put all children in the same category. Moreover, this situation is just one example of why high-stakes testing results should never be used as the logic for closing a school that is serving well many students, as current regulations allow in Tennessee.
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