The state of Tennessee may want to rethink testing, thanks to a group of fifth grade students evaluating standardized testing in a report to the governor.
The Tennessee Department of Education is looking for a new standardized testing vendor, and students in Lisa Hope’s advanced class at Nolan Elementary have a lot of advice. In fact, they developed a 14 page report on how to fix the statewide tests.
Tennessee’s statewide standardized tests, known as TNReady have been controversial since they were started this spring. “We knew we would have to take that test soon,” said Christopher Romero, a student. “I thought there were many things wrong with it.”
The students produced a critical analysis of standardized testing, focusing specifically on TNReady, and developed a detailed report. They interviewed teachers, friends, and researched statistics about TNReady. In addition to the 14 page report, the children made a video and compiled the calculations into a slideshow.
When the project was completed, they mailed it to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, hoping to influence the state’s deliberating of tests for the upcoming year.