Regarding the Sept. 5 news article “ New scale boosts test scores”: The whole country has forgotten about the whole child. A test score is only a small part of what a child can do to show his or her achievement. We also have to remember that on test day childREN might not be at their best, or maybe they just aren’t great test takers.
As a former teacher in Wake County, I taught many students who learned in a variety of ways. They also showed what they knew in different ways, too.
I’ve known students who did not score high on standardized tests, but they made the Dean’s List at the University of North Carolina, East Carolina and UNC-Wilmington every semester. They have gone on to have successful careers in the business world. I’ve seen other students who scored very high on all the standardized tests but couldn’t make it in a four-year college and dropped out.
Did scoring high on the test mean they had the knowledge? Yes. They just didn’t have the desire or perseverance to do their best work. A standardized test shows how well a student can take a test. We need more than a test score to judge a student, a teacher or a school system.