High stakes lead to a hyper-focus on a narrow set of quantifiable skills…

Dear Bill and Melinda,

I oppose high-stakes testing.

It leads to a hyper-focus on a narrow set of quantifiable skills at the expense of the greater characteristics of education founded in a broad curriculum.

CCSSI High-stakes assessments rely on computer-generated testing and excludes other ways students demonstrate proficiency and progress and ignores the fact that teachers and parents are best able to judge a student’s progress.

The infrastructure and technology demands divert school and classroom resources away from those components that most impact student success.

High-stakes testing has transformed schools into centers for test preparation and chip away at a child’s innate love of learning.

Federal and state mandated high-stakes tests lead to excessive pressure on students and teachers, and to bullying and punitive actions when parents choose to opt their children out of testing.

Anonymous Teacher

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