With all the talk about standardized testing and the negative reviews that they have gotten, I thought that it would be interesting to read about this boycott taking place in our own city (here’s the link). The Portland Public School have called for their students to not show up for their OAKS exams, which are required for graduation, in order to make the point that these tests simply do not work. The argument has been made that these types of tests are unfair for both student and teachers, and take away from important class time. Though the schools are in support of this boycott, they are also afraid of the consequences. Let’s hear what you think.
Questions to Discuss
- Is standardized testing an effect way to measure a students knowledge and skills? Why or why not?
- Do you believe that boycotting is too extreme for this type of situation? Why or why not?
- What can you suggest for an alternative to this type of testing?