The response to the large number of students opting out of the most recent round of standardized tests be may be a “macro look” at the number of hours spent on examinations, Speaker Carl Heastie on Monday said.
“It is a concern for all of us with a huge number of students opting out,” Heastie told reporters.
Heastie said the numbers will likely spur lawmakers in Albany to take a broader look at the issue of testing in the classroom.
“We do have to take a real macro look at this,” he said.
It's not about how much time is spent on testing.
It's about the stakes that are attached to the testing.
So long as the stakes are schools get closed and teachers get fired based upon test scores, there will be test-driven classrooms and schools that dominate everything else.
That's the "macro look" at testing.