By: Krystle Crossman
Miami’s school district, like so many other school districts in the country, is fed up with the standardized testing and the measurement of how good a teacher is based on the scores. They decided that it was time to take action and do something about it. This year they have gotten rid of end-of-the-year exams from elementary all the way through high school. This wasn’t too much of a surprise considering the amount of glitches that the computer systems have had recently with the tests and the pressure that is coming from the school districts to lighten or eliminate the standardized testing.
Where Miami has taken the lead many other Florida districts are sure to follow. Miami successfully eliminated all 23 elementary exams, 73 of the 77 middle school exams, and a whopping 180 of 186 exams for high school students. They are not getting rid of testing completely though. They are replacing the tests that they are eliminating with better tests that more accurately reflect the student’s knowledge and the teacher’s ability.
Governor Rick Scott signed a law recently that limited testing to 45 hours per year. This was done in response to parents and teachers who were outraged at the amount of tests that the students had to take and how it cut into the classroom time that they had. Some schools will do a full week or more of testing per semester which is a lot of classroom time that is completely lost. It also ties up the computer labs for others who may not be in testing at the time. Governor Scott states that there needs to be more learning and less tests for the students in our country.
Governor Jeb Bush had put the standardized testing into effect while he was in office but it has not fared the state well at all. He was also the official who based a teacher’s success on the scores that his or her students received on these standardized tests. Many do not believe that this is a good way to measure how good of a teacher someone is.