The primary purpose of assessment in our public schools should be to improve teaching and learning. However, the high-stakes tests mandated in Massachusetts offer little benefit for students. High-stakes testing stifles innovation, narrows the curriculum, and hinders students from developing advanced thinking and problem-solving skills. Even US Education Secretary Arne Duncan admits that “testing issues today are sucking the oxygen out of the room in a lot of schools.”
Click here to sign a petition to our governor, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Massachusetts legislature to:
* Place a moratorium on the high-stakes uses of state-mandated tests and
* Begin a state-wide effort to design a better assessment system that can help our students reach their full potential in our democratic society.