I was more than a little surprised to read in the Superintendent's blog that the school system is adding a new test to the seemingly endless barrage of testing our children endure. More testing? Seriously? Does anyone think that's a good idea?
I've been encouraged in recent months by a continuing movement in the state of Maryland pushing back against excessive testing. Parents and teachers are generally united on this front, and finally their voices are being heard. I found this statement from Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot to be to the point:
Comptroller Franchot remains adamantly opposed to the state’s obsession with standardized tests, which detract from teachers’ ability to effectively teach and students’ ability to actually learn.
Does this seem like a really good time to be crowing about additional, non-mandated testing?
From the Superintendent's blog:
- On December 1st there will be a meeting about State Bills directly related to Howard County Education--one about the Board of Education makeup, one about transparency.
- On December 8th there will be a Town Hall meeting for citizens to be able to express their feelings about what is going on with the school system.
- Students at Glenwood Middle continue to suffer an array of what appear to be mold-related health issues, and at least one student has been transferred out due to health reasons.
- A member of the Board of Education is making nasty personal comments about a County Council member on Facebook.
And the school system is excited about more testing?
Color me confused. And please don't choose my child for more testing.