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Petitioning Governor Kitzhaber and Oregon Legislature

Elimination of Standardized Testing in the State of Oregon

Standardized tests limit creativity in both teaching and learning as well as reduce students into a number. These tests move us towards a standard education system, assuming that there is one way to teach, one curriculum, and one pathway to success. Study after study shows that income has the highest correlation to a student’s performance on a standardized test. Next comes race. Beyond just the politics of race and class, test scores provide no comprehensive feedback to teachers. If we want teachers to improve, we as a community need to provide them with comprehensive feedback that's specific to the community they serve. Finally, these tests are expensive and are a waste of valuable class time in which student teacher relationships are fostered. In order to create a more holistic approach to education, we support an immediate elimination of standardized testing in the state of Oregon.

Letter to
Governor Kitzhaber and Oregon Legislature
Please eliminate Standardized Testing in the State of Oregon.