William Chiuabout 1 year ago
I grew up in the Cupertino area of California, and it was ingrained into our minds by the public school system and our peers that these standardized assessments were the only valid measurements of intellect, which I do not by any means believe that they are.
The teachers are the ones who are actively engaged in the classroom, which means they know firsthand how well (or poorly) these tests are in terms of determining whether or not their students have learned the information the district has mandated them to learn.
I support these teachers who are taking a stand against these standardized tests, but it is a much larger issue than just that of Seattle's. It raises questions regarding other standardized tests and other forms of assessment such as those used to gauge college-readiness or academic intelligence, like the SAT or ACT.