Here’s the thing, I believe in a data-driven approach to problem solving. However, an MCAS test is fairly crude way of generating data about student and teacher performance. Our assessment tools should match the rigor we demand of our teachers and students. It’s like trying to measure an ocean with a ruler. We aren’t using the right tool for the job and we’re not getting the ata that might lead us to better decisions.
Also, we spend a lot of time and money making sure our teachers are trained to be top flight educators, we should give them the ability to use their skills. Test-centric education limits what quality teachers can accomplish in the classroom. My interest as a parent is that my children get the best possible education, not that they be trained to take a test that will be irrelevant to their lives when they get older.