Standardized testing is a 'necessary evil,' guidance chief says.
Wednesday, February 6
As part of her presentation on the Chatham High School class of 2012 to the Board of Education Monday, Director of School Counseling Julie Patterson also presented information on student performance on standardized tests. While many colleges are becoming standardized testing-optional, Patterson said it is still a “necessary evil.” She said offering the preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test, or PSAT, is important because it allows students to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. To qualify, students’ testing sections – critical reading, math and writing – are added together, and the sums are ranked to determine the nation’s highest scores. The top two to five percent scores are commended, and the top one percent in …
At what point does accountability take a back seat to teaching to the test?
Even more tests appear to be in the future of New Jersey’s high school students. Last week, Gov. Chris Christie proposed replacing the state’s High School Proficiency Assessment, which most students have to pass to graduate, with a group of end-of-course exams for those in grades 9 through 11. The change is needed, according to Christie, because the HSPA only measures achievement at an eighth-grade level, and that’s not good enough for the modern world. At recent budget hearings, state college presidents said they wind up spending thousands of hours and millions of dollars on remedial courses to bring freshmen up to collegiate level because these new students are coming in unprepared. Obviously, students need to have the appropriate skills…