Over the last few years our state has seen a massive push from the governor’s administration to drive education improvements through an increase in testing in our schools. In isolation this might seem like results-minded reform, but in conjunction with the testing efforts already in place, the resulting “over-testing” is taking the learning right out of our schools.
In the last few months, I have received hundreds of complaints about over-testing from teachers, parents, students, principals and concerned New Mexican Democrats and Republicans. These complaints also stress deep objection to the continuing trend of out-of-state, for-profit testing companies’ intrusion into the classroom.
Conceptually, citizens and legislators agree that our state is in dire need of improvement in our education system. Over the last decade our school system, locally and nationally, has been transforming. New technologies, new challenges and new pedagogy have changed the way we learn and the way we teach. We also have come a long way with academic performance measurement. We now know just how behind our kids are and how we stack up to other states because of standardized testing and common core curriculums, which enable comparison and progress-tracking year after year.