The Delran Education Association’s Position on High-Stakes Standardized Testing

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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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