According to the Superintendent of Education for the state of South Carolina, students “should spend less time taking tests and more time learning”.

That attitude will not sit well with W’s federal Department of Education – even if he’s exactly right.

Rex hopes to reduce the time students spend on end-of-year accountability tests by about 40 percent, eliminating social studies tests and limiting science exams to three grades. The move doesn’t lessen their importance, he cautioned.

“But if we’re testing everything every year for every student, all we’re going to do is test,” he said.

While these and other statements from the Superintendent are very hopeful for his schools, I’m not sure how he plans to resolve them with his claim that “South Carolina will test students as required under federal law”.

In spite of my regular rantings about standardized exams, I’m not against testing students.

However, assessing students’ skills and knowledge at regular and logical intervals in their learning process is very different from the all-testing-all-the-time approach embedded in No Child Left Behind.

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