Then states all throughout the nation have seen an increase in graduation rates and a shrinking of the achievement gap, even those that haven’t embraced a testing culture like Florida has. Furthermore for every A.P. story she can tell I can tell one about the S.A.T.s which scores have stagnated in Florida under the testing regime. In fact I submit that this reliance on testing she is selling has held us back.
She then unbelievably says testing helps identify poor readers, which it may do unfortunately the results get back to teachers months later when nothing can be done. Finally as for state tests taking just one percent of the school year, I will just say ask a teacher which Levesque is not if she is right but I think you already know the answer.
We need serious people coming up with serious solutions. Levesque only offers a doubling down on a failed policy.
To read her piece click the link: http://www.gainesville.com/article/20141028/OPINION04/141029679/0/search?p=all&tc=pgall&tc=ar