School testing: Is there a middle ground between high stakes and low stakes testing?

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 11, 2012 9:51 a.m.


    Liberals justify their program spending with tests scores.

  • JMHO Southern, UT
    Dec. 7, 2012 3:02 p.m.

    My daughter is in 2nd grade. She is tested at least 5 times each week on something. The other day I asked what happened at school that was interesting. She replied, "nothing, we tested all day." She is 7 years old and is starting to hate testing already. Boy, I will have my hands full later.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 7, 2012 9:37 a.m.


    Why blame liberals for everything you find to be wrong in the country today? In Utah we test kids to death and parents and students have no accountability for their school work, and no state is more conservative than Utah. The testing that you hate so much is a Conservative solution not a liberal one.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 4, 2012 10:14 p.m.

    American students receive passing grades for doing little to nothing. Students learn this, then have little motivation to succeed.

    To have contracts renewed, teachers must have a low failure rates.

    Liberal thinking does not promote motivation, but encourages entitlements.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 4:46 p.m.

    If you think it's bad now wait a few years. Our schools are so afraid of failing students they are going to be passing even more students who can't walk and talk and chew gum at the same time. All of the accountability is being placed on teachers. Little on the student and what they are doing/not doing.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 4, 2012 3:36 p.m.

    Too much funding for testing, and bringing up scores of low achievers.

    Less focus on high achieving students, and they miss out.

    Reflects our society.

    Dec. 4, 2012 12:08 p.m.

    A small part of the problem is that many Universities tell students that the difficulty of the class doesn't matter. A BYU rep told my daughter that the fact that she had only Honors and AP classes her last two years of high school would not matter for admissions!

    In spite of my being a BYU Alum, I encouraged her to go to a University where it did matter!

  • Erika Salem, Utah
    Dec. 4, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    It does seem very much to high school students here that only the high grades matter, not the difficulty of classes -- unless they are well-informed and have already decided to pursue a specific course of study in college and have reviewed program requirements. All the short-term rewards and incentives go to kids who get A's -- regardless of the classes they take. I always hated that when I was in school years ago. Now I see it for my own kids. We need to remake our entire system of expectations.