Readers Sound Off on Standardized Test Scores

Patch gave readers a chance to tell us whether they think standardized test scores meant a school was bad.

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mddem1985  Many students are intelligent but may not test well, maybe due to test anxiety. Many other reasons.....

zigzagiando Standardized tests are a good indication of the income of the parents of the kids who go to a given school.

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Bret Matthew Scharf Holmes The level of poor test scores is appalling. If kids can't read or do math by the 7th grade the test scores will show it. I think proficiency on these are set well below any normal person's standards and our jail house like schools matched with low expectations for our student populous have made us now blame THE TESTS. I mean give me a break. If you can't score on an average level as other schools on a test - than your school should be taken over by the state. Bottom line. The Baltimore City education system is one of the worst in the country.

Matthew Jergensen Schools should never be judged solely on standardized tests. There are a myriad of factors that must be taken into account for a school to considered successful many of which are out of an educators control. These tests can be part of an evaluation but should never solely determine teacher and/or student success.

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Kim Alexander July 13, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Bret's statement calling the city schools "one of the worst in the country" is clearly said out of ignorance. It sounds like the low expectations are his. Our students are highly capable. Our scores have shown growth. Instead of knocking the entire system, do something to help.
Kiki Ledford July 14, 2012 at 09:40 PM
The only ones benefitting from standardized tests are the publishing companies that sell them. There are so many factors that influence student learning. Most of them are out of the contriol of the school. Nutrition, the amount of sleep a child gets, help on homework, attitudes toward education, adult supervision, television time, and internet availability are the tip of the iceberg of what it takes to prepare a brain for thinking. As an early childhood special educator, I have seen poor nutrition cause permenant brain damage. One single factor can ruin a childs chance for learning beyond a certain level. I won't even get started on the damage lead poisoning has caused. Families need to be made aware of how important their roles are in educating these precious gifts.
Jo Ann Robinson July 17, 2012 at 05:11 PM
The money, instructional effort and time expended on preparing students for and putting them through standardized tests should be spent on developing, implementing and sustaining coherent curricula, based on high, systemwide expectations, with assessments that are organically related to what is taught and applied when logically called for in the course of instruction. Systemwide tests to determine if the curricula in use are effective should be far less intrusive and disruptive than they are now and their use should be primarily for teachers and administrators to assess the strengths and weaknesses of instruction at their respective schools, so as to make necessary improvements and reinforce areas of success.


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