While the debate continues on whether standardized testing should be done away with or not, there is a group of scholars that believe the tests should be made harder.
According to The Atlantic, there are those who think that there should be fewer state mandated exams, but they should be made harder. They propose that instead of having just multiple choice questions, the tests should also require students to answer open-ended questions. These questions would make students answer the questions and back up their answer with evidence.
A high school in Colorado faced an interesting problem this past week when the majority of the senior class refused to take the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS).
Instead of taking the test, hundreds of students went out in the snow and protested in front of the school. They weren’t the only ones either. There were multiple other schools in Colorado that saw a fraction of their seniors refuse to take the test.
When the STAAR test was implemented, many believed it would show the same positive results as the TAKS test.
The TAKS test was a standardized test that was given out to students before the STAAR test was implemented. STAAR was supposed to be the new and improved version of standardized testing in Texas, but the results have not met those expectations.
STAAR was a hot topic in candidate debates leading up to last weeks election. One candidate even referred to the test as “useless.”
Newly elected governor Greg Abbott said STAAR may not be the right way to judge students progress in the classroom.
“We may have a broken thermometer, the STAAR test, that is no longer doing a good job of measuring,” Abbott said.
Click here to read more about why test scores for STAAR are on the decline.
In 2013, Texas legislators passed House Bill 5 which reduced the amount of standardized test students would have to take.
The law had a provision in it that limited the amount of time educators could spend preparing for a test. It also reduced the amount of practice tests educators were allowed to administer throughout the school year.
A year later, educators have found a loophole in the system.