Standardized tests exist to produce standardized test scores.

So what's gonna happen with this year's scores?

A predictive thread:

Scores will not be good. I'm not sure if you've looked outside recently, but the world is on fire, and that makes teaching and learning harder.
There will be lots of click-baity headlines quantifying learning loss.

STUDENTS LOST 11 MONTHS OF LEARNING

TESTS SHOW PANDEMIC HAD TWO-YEAR IMPACT ON STUDENTS' SCORES
Pssst....

It is actually impossible to meaningly quantify learning timelines through test scores. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either lying to you or misinformed.

However, that won't stop people from making big decisions & spending big $$ as a result of these scores!
All those click-bait headlines will cause a panic, and schools will be forced to put students into intervention or remediation classes next year to make up for the "learning loss".

These intervention classes will focus on tested subjects like math and reading.
So what's wrong with kids getting some extra help in math and reading?

There are only so many hours in a day, so doubling the time spent on math and reading means taking away something else. That something will be history, science, the arts, PE, etc.
Hmmm....eliminating social studies, science, the arts, and PE for students in a precarious democracy experiencing health and climate crises on top of social isolation and mental health crises. What could possibly go wrong?
(Please don't think I'm being hyperbolic here! This was already happening to many low-income students of color well before the pandemic. Everything in education is predictable because we've seen it all before.)
Rather than spend a ton of $$ on pointless tests that will inevitably lead to bad decisions, we could also....not!

Testing is expensive. If we didn't spend that money on tests, we could spend it instead on making sure every school has full-time nurses & mental health counselors.
That's a thing we've decided we care about now, right? Students' mental health.

If we care about it, then we need to invest in it. Money speaks louder than platitudes.
Also, we could use next year as an opportunity to truly invest in dismantling the entrenched racism and anti-Blackness in our schools.

As Jenn rightly pointed out, we can't mental health care our way out of racism.

If you'd like help dismantling the racism in YOUR school (and yes, even your wonderful school has racism because all schools have racism), check out @antiracist_ed!

antiracistfuture.org

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