From the N&O:
In a draft report, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Testing and Accountability said, “For the way [state] tests are currently structured and used, there is too much time spent on testing.”
“We’re testing more, but we’re not seeing the results,” said Sam Houston, chairman of the commission “We’re not seeing graduation rates increasing. We’re not seeing remediation rates decreasing. Somewhere along the way, testing isn’t aligning with excellence.”
Among the recommendations, the commission wants to eliminate the fourth-, seventh- and 10th-grade writing tests and the eighth-grade computer skills tests. Houston said writing and computer skills are still important, but are subjects that can be left up to each school district to handle.
The commission also wants to slash in half the number of end-of-course exams used to measure how high schools are doing in the state testing program. They no longer want to count physics, physical science, chemistry, algebra II and geometry — five exams which are now optional for high school students.
For a long time, educators have been clamoring about the instructional shackles imposed by high stakes testing in an era of hyper-accountability. Were the Blue Ribbon Panel’s recommendations accepted and testing decelerated, what would change in typical classrooms?
I’m only asking.