The pandemic caused many states to cancel standard tests, and some want to see them go forever.
Gabriel Tacasan, 17, was happy not to take standardized tests this year. The senior at Newton High School, Queens, New York City, didn’t have the usual mandatory exams due to the pandemic.
” “For me, it’s not really a good test person.” he stated. Not having to take the tests for the 2022-21 school year was a relief and made him rethink the tests’ purpose.
Tacasan doesn’t believe standardized tests are effective. In September, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a bill to eliminate the Florida Standards Assessment, saying at a press conference that “you can’t be wedded to the old way of doing things.”
Instead of the one test that determines whether students move to the next grade or graduate, the governor wants to implement “progress monitoring” throughout the year.
The common year-end tests that many states use are not always representative of and truly capturing all students’ abilities, according to Daniela Montalto (clinical director at the NYU Child Psychology Center). According to Montalto, the tests have been shown in studies to disadvantage students from low income and minority backgrounds.
“Using an alternative or moving to another option could prove to be a positive move. “They also cause a lot of stress and anxiety in students, in families and in districts.”
Montalto said the pandemic has changed the way people ought to look at test scores.
“It is difficult right now to determine what these test score are showing.” She said that there has been so much variability in education over the past year .”
. The question she asked was: Does a student’s test score currently reflect their ability or the student’s loss?
“Taking it off the board completely and not having an idea of where someone might be would set a tone, Sarah Katrina, founder of the tutoring agency Kids on the Yard said about the elimination of year-end tests.
Katrina from Los Angeles believes that testing is the only way to learn what a child learned at school.
Richard Zhao , a Brooklyn Technical High School senior, believes there is a middle way.
” I think it’s a great marker, but it needs to be reworked,” he stated. It should not be given too much weight. It should not be the only determinant of academic success.
“So many outside factors do have an influence on how well you do on an exam.”
Rehema Ellis is an award-winning correspondent for NBC News.
Ben Kesslen is a reporter for NBC News.