I am a strong advocate for multi-metric testing and assessments that consider the whole child, whole school, and whole district when determining optimal outcomes and how to achieve them. We need to know how our students and our schools are doing, and how our district compares to other districts, but I am deeply concerned that our kids are being over-tested. The focus on a single-metric, high stakes test naturally steers curriculum away from real learning time and instead focuses on teaching to the test. I also fear that companies pursuing profits, rather than educational research and teacher input, are driving this push for increased testing.
I will work with allies on the School Committee to voice our concerns at the state and federal level, and limit testing and assessments to those that meet our district’s needs, not the interests of for-profit companies.