Common Sense Thoughts on Testing in Florida
In an open letter to Florida parents, Foundation for Excellence in Education’s Patricia Levesque writes that student assessments provides an “honest, objective” analysis of how well a child is doing. She goes on to write, in the Sunshine State News, “If you have 10,000 math teachers drawing up 10,000 final algebra exams, the quality and rigor of the tests will vary wildly, and the results will not be nearly as trustworthy.” She adds, “Standardized tests also guard against giving students a high grade even when they have not learned the material.”
Addressing high-stakes testing, Levesque notes there are very few tests Florida students need to graduate, and they have the opportunity to retake them. “Far from punitive,” she says, “these policies have made Florida a national leader in advancing early-grade literacy, and have played a significant role in the state’s increasing graduation rate.”
Read the full article here.