We, the members of the Delran Education Association, believe that authentic, teacher-created assessments are an important component of any successful instructional program. However, we stand in defiant opposition to the New Jersey Department of Education’s obsession with the use of high-stakes standardized testing, both in our own district and in districts across this state.
|We believe that…||We oppose high-stakes standardized tests because…|
|learning should be a joyful experience that embraces various learning styles, talents, strengths, and intelligences.||such tests ignore individual learning styles–and are designed instead to assess all students in the same way.|
|learning should be a challenging yet rewarding experience.||such tests set students and districts up for failure in part through the setting of arbitrary cut scores that pre-determines how many students are intended to fail the assessments.|
|learning should be assessed in an authentic way, in which students are asked to complete real-world tasks that…|
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