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Andy Morris-Friedman: Reflections about failures of MCAS testing

  • jacoblund

Published: 11/24/2017 8:40:56 PM
Reflections about failures of MCAS testing

I was so mad at the article about statewide failures in MCAS testing (“Half of state’s students meet expectations under new MCAS,” Oct. 19).

All this time, money and effort spent testing students every other year isn’t working. The obvious solution is that we need to test our kids more. We need to make high-stakes testing a high priority in high school. Any rational person knows that if you’re doing something and it’s not working, then you need to do more of it.

Kids need to forget about “learning” and just cram for the exam. We need to double down on the bubble tests. If the kids were tested more often, they’d have more practice taking tests and so would do better on them.

Why waste time with curriculum when the test is everything? I suggest that schools eliminate five so-called academic subjects to free up more time for test-taking and test prep. So say goodbye to art, music, recess and I forget the other two … lunch? No, that’s not a subject. Reading, and what’s that other one with all the numbers?

Testing is scientific and modern, it’s easily quantifiable. So-called learning is so amorphous and so individual. Testing is economical because tests are a lot cheaper then books, computers and teacher salaries.

Scholastic testing is a multimillion dollar industry. More testing means they make more money and I could get a job as a consultant.

The truth is that I once tried to take that test and I totally failed. Good thing we didn’t have MCAS tests when I was in school or I’d still be back in the third grade.

But I digress. What about cheating? Cheating makes passing the test a cinch. If the kids learn how to cheat, isn’t that a form of learning valuable later in life? Because if you’re a good enough cheater you can grow up to become a real-estate mogul or even president.

Andy Morris-Friedman

Hadley




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