Stop the presses! Rhode Island is switching standardized tests… again… this time to Massachusetts’s MCAS. Now we’ll have another half decade during which Rhode Islanders have no way to measure the progress of students, overall, or schools. This seems to be a suspiciously regular problem. Every time we have a test for a few years and begin to be able to draw conclusions that aren’t favorable to our government school system, well then, it must be time to change tests.
With this switch, though, at least there’s this benefit:
“I think it’s long overdue,” said Tim Duffy, executive director of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees. “We can now measure our performance against Massachusetts communities.”
What we allow government insiders and labor unions to do to our state’s children remains a travesty.