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.