Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Patrick School Testing Plan Will Dumb Down Public Education

State Senator Dan Patrick is trying to ram through thelegislature his master plan to improve public education by fast laning his bill to severely curtail the number of End of Course exams a high school student will have to take, remove all requirements that the test count 15% of their grade, and allow a college-bound student the option of graduating with a basic or Minimum diploma.

Thus addressing all of the parent concerns that their brilliant children are being sorely tried and tested with high stakes testing in Texas schools.

Not surprisingly, this flawed bill is being steamrolled through the legislature so that the TEA Commissioner can tell schools that they need not have to administer most of the 15 End of Course exams that they are now required to give this spring.

And as pointed out by one of Patrick’s colleagues, the bill says nothing about whether or not a student who graduates with the most basic diploma may apply for admission to a university, having avoided taking some of the more difficult high school courses that applicants must now take.

In other words, it lowers the bar of expectations right to the ground.

You know, as an educator I guess I should be glad that Patrick is making all of our lives easier. No testing, No expectations. Nothing really need be taught or learned.

Except that as an educator, I would not like to live in a world where everyone has the same knowledge and skillsets that Senator Dan Patrick seems to possess.

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