The Role of Testing in measuring Students Learning.

In the age of Covit-19, we can agree educational challenges have been unprecedented. This is true for students that struggle with learning, children with disabilities and for children economically disadvantaged. African American children and migrant populations. The current Health emergency has widened the preexisting educational gap.
The unforeseen circumstances brought up by the Pandemic has demonstrated the inequality’s in education. Most importantly it has provided the opportunity for educational reform, collaboration from leaders, educators and parents.
In assuring we as a community address the inequality’s that many children experience. Testing has an important role, if we are to identify the barriers in learning with the mindset of helping children overcome the difficulties they are experiencing. On the subject of Testing all opinions count. We must look at the subject as an opportunity that is presented not as the obstacle but as a valuable tool. For State educational leaders, educators, and parents Testing provides needed information of what are the existing educational deficiency’s for students. If we are to provide appropriate resources for Educators towards addressing the needs of our students we need understanding of we’re going forward with instruction and remediation in learning.
In the structure of the educational systems Data drives programs in learning. Data is the baseline in funding for states and schools districts. Data is used for appropriations in funding for programs and provision of aid for struggling community’s. Testing Data tell us what schools are achieving the goals of successful outcomes for our students. The influence of Testing results provide accountability measures for states, schools, districts in providing equitable, appropriate education for students.
For educators, parents the combined data collected from students performance(s) in classroom assessments, including county and State Test, will provided valuable insight as were the students existing learning gaps are. Most importantly this information would aid in providing target remediation in learning for many children.
In contemplating the option of parents to opt out of testing we must carefully consider the important role that Testing has including the profound impact in learning and education. When reasonable and purposeful Testing can be useful. We must know were we are to know were we need to go. If we hope to help children overcome learning loss and gain the skills needed for them to succeeded.

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