The U.S. Department of Education has waived accountability measures tied to standardized tests for this year due to the pandemic, but has yet to act on a request from Michigan’s State Superintendent Michael Rice to waive the requirement that tests like the M-STEP be administered this spring in favor of benchmark testing already required by law.
“This is not the time to engage in state summative assessments,” Rice said in a statement. “Educators can determine where kids are academically for parents and for themselves with our benchmark assessments, and can use those assessments to target resources, interventions, and supports for our kids in our districts. Our schools need this time to focus on the social emotional and academic needs of children.”
MEA and NEA agree: That’s why all members are encouraged to take part in a national call to #CancelTheTests. Sign on to NEA’s open letter, which says in part:
“Standardized high-stakes testing should not come at the expense of precious learning time that students could be spending with their educators. We believe in an educational system that focuses on and measures what our students truly need skills like creativity, leadership, critical thinking, and collaboration. A better future for education is possible, and the first step is to start thinking beyond the bubble and stop high-stakes testing this year.”