When do assessments go to far?

According to some parents and students in Texas, the Texas school board has gone too far when it comes to the importance of standardized testing. The new regulations require that the grades from testing account for as much as 15% of a student’s final grades at the high school level. While placing an emphasis on test scores has an acknowledgeable reason (as we have seen decades of students graduating without the ability to read,) we have also seen that testing does not hold a great deal of reliability for measuring knowledge or learning. Taking into account several factors, such as, cultural differences in the questions, which some students may not understand, and some student’s poor performance in test-taking situations, how then could the school board justify placing so much importance on standardized tests?

Over a decade ago, education boards were up in arms to leave no child behind in public education systems. Is it slightly ironic that now, students’ future academic careers could be in jeopardy because of the testing systems? Denying the very essence of leaving no child behind? Some parents are boldly declaring that their students will not be participating in the standardized testing. I am quite intrigued with the outcome this will have on a child as well.

It’s an interesting, and ongoing debate between those whom support standardized testing and those whom oppose it. This recent move toward further integrating testing into schools will likely spark a lively struggle for parents, teachers, administration, students, and school boards.