In support of teachers, students, and education, there should be NO high stake consequences for state testing. Better yet, no state testing!
• Using standardized test scores to inform decisions regarding student retention, student graduation, or teacher evaluations is fraught with problems even during the best of timed. Using these tests as punitive measures during a pandemic is a slap in the face to all the students and educators who have already sacrificed so much over the past year.
• Robust progress monitoring is already occurring for all students, regardless of whether they are learning remotely, face-to-face or a hybrid option.
• Progress monitoring has been ongoing all school year and provides immediate, actionable feedback. The feedback from the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) is neither immediate nor actionable. As such, any time spent preparing for or taking the FSA is valuable time that would better be spent teaching and learning.
• There has been nothing standard about this school year, and we should not pretend these are normal times when it comes to use of standardized test scores.