The Oklahoman Editorial Board has yet again taken a nose-dive into the education deform Kool-Aid and spouted uninformed rhetoric. Ridding the state of non-federally mandated End-Of-Instruction exams is one of the best actions taken by the legislature this year.
In the 10 years since No Child Left Behind has required high stakes testing, students have been subjected to a “morass of test scores and meaningless measures” that have narrowed curriculum, sorted and ranked students according to their ability to take the tests, which are NOT “simple” tests in basic high school coursework. In one case, 60 percent of educated professionals in multiple fields who took a high stakes high school test could not pass it!
On top of that, 39 percent of those students who passed their EOIs still ended up taking remedial courses in college in math and English.
I don’t think those tests tell you what you think they tell you.
Do we really want to rank and sort our children for no purpose other than to claim we have rigorous barriers to higher education and career opportunities?
Whether or not our legislators were playing political games is irrelevant in this case. They made the right decision for our students and that is all we care about.
Revised school testing proposal may undermine progress in Oklahoma
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