Helping students be successful means that along with helping them learn the necessary skills to move from one grade to the next, we should work to make sure they know how to be successful in life after graduation. Whether in college, or in a job, or as they file their taxes each year, there will be moments they have to show their competence. It is harmful to bring students through the education system with the belief that they will never have to show their grasp of a subject or an idea.
Simply, tests are a part of life, though they look different and aren’t graded in red ink as an adult, and need to be a part of the classroom. There is a real value in checking in on students, their achievement, and their progress. We believe fewer, better tests are the way forward.
We know our students are on the right track to success and with the right people, policies, and priorities in place, they can go further.