Is anyone really surprised that sixty percent of the “50 accomplished adults” (state legislators, scientists, professors, etc.) who took a representative graduation test in Rhode Island scored “substantially below proficient“? (Just for the record, I doubt I would have done any better.) The Providence Student Union, who sponsored the test, was hoping to make the case that the test “doesn’t effectively score a person’s value or worth.” Point taken.
Meanwhile, opposition to testing continues to grow across the United States, and if you thought this was just an American thing, think again. The pushback against national assessments in Australia (and other places) is growing as well.