MCS: no standardized test, please

Manchester Board of Education approved a resolution asking the state for a moratorium on standardized testing for the 2020-21 school year.

Director of Schools Dr. Joey Vaughn presented the resolution to the board, which passed unanimously.

The resolution petitions the state to only use standardized tests to track student progress rather than to determine district ranking and scoring statewide. It highlights the discrepancy among districts responses in the wake of COVID-19 closures, while calling for a focus on students’ recoupment of students’ academic, social and emotional skills.

“I’m very proud of the work our faculty and staff are doing. We’re working to recoup the time lost,” Vaughn said. “But I don’t think (testing) is fair to students and fair to teachers to have standardized tests.”    

Vaughn told the board that testing is not a focus this year. The focus is on student learning and getting people back in our schools.

The resolution will be sent to the Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn, Senator Janice Bowling and Representative Rush Bricken, as well as posted on the TSBA website reports.

Director of Student Testing Randall Robinson commended the resolution, “This is just one thing that we need to take of the shoulders of teachers. This has been a trying time for everyone.”

State tests are generally held in the spring. No decision has been made yet concerning if and how tests will be presented this school year by the state Department of Education.