Las Vegas Sun

August 25, 2019

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Letter to the Editor:

High-stakes tests need reality check

Regarding the Las Vegas Sun’s Tuesday editorial, “Not making the grade: Schools need a better way to determine academic achievement”:

Teachers realize an overreliance on standardized testing is hazardous for students. As a classroom teacher and president of the Nevada State Education Association, my concerns about high-stakes testing have never been about wanting to forgo accountability.

We’ve fought against more standardized testing because such testing assumes that all children learn the same way. Good teaching means knowing how to teach students individually so they can reach their full potential.

If we want children to be more than good test takers, we need to check the role of standardized testing and let teachers teach.

The writer is president of the Nevada State Education Association.

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