From Harford Students Count on Us:
Next year, teacher evaluations could include PARCC scores, despite overwhelming evidence that evaluation systems centered on state test scores only increase the hyper-focus on standardized testing.
In 2014, MD Legislators passed a two-year moratorium on the state’s ability to mandate that PARCC scores be in teacher evaluation. It’s time to make that permanent. If we don’t, the Maryland State Department of Education could attempt to force districts to incorporate PARCC scores in evaluations starting next year.
School districts should have the autonomy to work with educators to create a system that works for students, teachers and schools in their communities. Teachers should not be evaluated using flawed standardized assessments.
Our students are more than a test score, and our evaluation systems shouldn’t double down on a culture of over-testing.
Click here to email your legislators now and tell them that the state shouldn’t force PARCC test scores into our teachers’ evaluations
The average Maryland students takes more than 200 mandated standardized tests during their K-12 career, leading to a dramatic loss of instruction time and narrowing of curriculum.
The time to reduce over-testing is now. Please urge your legislators to support critical steps to scaling back the over-emphasis on testing including:
– Setting a cap of 2% for how much instructional time can be devoted to mandated standardized testing.
– Creating transparency in testing through regular reporting to parents about mandated standardized tests in each school district.
– Ensuring that the PARCC test cannot be used in teacher and principal evaluations, which only encourages heightened focus and pressure on standardized testing performance.
– Reducing the months-long disruption caused by the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment by changing it to a sampling test rather than a test given to every student.
– Applying to the federal government to seek innovation in testing so districts can experiment with performance-based assessments rather than PARCC.
Please fill out the form to email your legislators with your personal story of how testing impacts your students and school and urge them to make reducing standardized testing a priority during this legislative session.