The College Board wants high school students to take more tests.
Specifically, the organization wants more of them to enroll in Advanced Placement courses and then take the exams that are given at the end of each.
Standardized tests that generated “almost $500 million in revenue in 2022, a chunk of that from the taxpayers”.
According to the Washington Post, “Virginia is looking for a new way to evaluate its schools”.
The overhaul was motivated by criticism from our MAGA-wannabe governor. Which makes the whole process suspect from the beginning.
Jay Mathews has detected a disturbance in the force.
Someone has dared to criticize his beloved Advanced Placement program.
Do you remember all the politically-motivated outrage, mostly centered in Florida, over the Advanced Placement African American Studies pilot course? I know that was a few months back, an eternity ago in internet time, and we’ve moved on to other faux crises, but…
Anyway, one of my first thoughts when all the stupidity from the governor and his rabble was to wonder what Jay Mathews would have to say.
If “concurrent” schooling is the worst idea to be produced during the pandemic (and it is), a close second are all the proposals (starting with the Biden administration) to resume standardized testing this spring.
In the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog Wayne Au, a professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington at Bothell and an editor for the social justice magazine Rethinking Schools, explains why.