Last week I listed the schedule of upcoming tests our students will work through this spring. This week, I learned that educators with civil rights and education groups launched a Testing Bill of Rights at TestBetter.org. The “Testing Bill of Rights” describes a middle ground on these assessments so that they are used to support instruction, provide parents with a measure of whether their student is performing at grade level and allow teachers to know how to help their students.
“This effort aims to help move toward better, fairer and fewer tests and to make testing more useful and less burdensome for parents, students and educators. It arrives at an opportune moment for states and school districts to revisit their approaches to testing, as many parents and students have felt real frustration with tests in recent years. At the same time, the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, preserves annual tests but also greatly reduces the stakes of state tests for schools and teachers.”
Laura Bay, President of the National PTA commented, “National PTA is pleased to support the Testing Bill of Rights to make sure assessment systems are improved and that parents and families are a part of this process.” Read the full Bill of Rights and decide for yourself whether this makes sense.