Editorial: Testing and teaching

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Any good school system needs to assess itself. So we welcome news that the School Committee has agreed to study whether kindergartners are subjected to too much testing.

But it is a cautious welcome. Concerns from various quarters about over-reliance on standardized testing are commonplace and sometimes valid, but too little praise is sounded for how the tests can help keep students on track.

What good can come of kindergarten testing? You mean, besides an entire educational foundation?

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What good can come of kindergarten testing? You mean, besides an entire educational foundation?

In the case of kindergarten testing at least, it seems clear to us that it is far from excessive in Worcester. For the pupils, the few assessments are almost stress-free. And if the assessments perform as advertised, they can help teachers work wonders by identifying areas of weakness and strength that aren’t obvious in the classroom setting.

In the younger grades especially, tests are part of the toolbox for the central figure: the teacher.


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