Accountability is important but excessive high-stakes testing takes away from valuable instructional time and narrows the curriculum to focus on “teaching to the test.” As one of the largest districts in the state, Jefferson County should take the lead in preparing students to succeed in college, careers and civil society, not on taking excessive tests.

  • Well-rounded curriculum. All children deserve a rigorous, broad and culturally-relevant education that includes arts, world languages, sciences, social studies and physical education.
  • Student evaluation. Students should have multiple ways to show what they have learned, including tests, work product documentation, observations and teacher-student discussions.
  • School scorecards. Schools, teachers and administrators should not be judged, punished or compensated based on one-time test results, but rather on multiple factors including a comprehensive evaluation and professional growth system. Evaluations should guide improvement, not be used to take punitive actions.

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