Florida uses its high stakes test as a hammer to bludgeon, schools, students and teachers. The test here isn’t used to guide or improve instruction, no it is used to harm public ed and the teaching profession and the reality is even Florida knows they are unimportant and used as a weapon. That’s why 2000 vouchers schools don’t have to take them but that is an entirely different blog.
Perhaps the biggest state to cancel their high stakes test is Texas.
Today, Governor Greg Abbott announced that he is waving the STAAR testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.
Keven Ellis, the chair of the State Board of Education, said the decision to promote a student to the next grade will now be a district and teacher-based decision.
Wow, letting teachers and districts determine promotion, what a novel idea.
Indiana has also stepped up to help waiving the 180 day requirement.
For some reason I don’t think we’re going to be back next week or probably even the week after. Florida is going to have to waive the 180 day rule.
Even the Federal Government is considering waiving the tests.
Also from Chalkbeat:
State after state thinks this is a good idea.
Even the ACT and SAT are being canceled and postponed
From the Washington Post:
Friends, Florida’s test is not designed to help or drive instruction, it’s here to punish teachers, schools, and students. In a good year it is a bad thing and this is not a good year.
Then think about this, even if we are back in two weeks which is a big if, are all our kids going to be back? How about all our teachers? Those that do come back are they going to attend consistently, or is a sniffle going to have somebody home for a week.
It’s time to cancel the tests and waive some days. It’s the right thing to do and sadly since that is the case Florida will probably have to come kicking and screaming to it.