Our public schools are under attack, and it’s time to speak up! For too long we’ve watched and accepted accountability measures that place priority on testing rather than learning. The punitive system we have in place stifles creativity, sets students up for failure, and erodes a love for learning and teaching.
For three decades we’ve been testing students in Texas, yet there is little to no evidence that high stakes testing produces an effective measure of student learning or results in college and career ready students. State mandated testing has increased, while our students’ SAT scores – universally accepted as a litmus for post-secondary readiness – have not improved.
It’s all too easy for testing proponents to blame public schools, teachers, or even “lazy” kids. It’s tempting to say that school choice will fix the problem. The issue is not with accountability; the problem is our fixation on high stakes testing as a measure of success.