Research: Standardized testing is used in many schools to measure student achievement and determine resource allocation on a large scale. At the individual level, however, numerous concerns abound regarding its validity, as noted by researcher Thomas Haladyna. By placing such importance upon these exams, the focus of teaching becomes teaching to the test rather than student learning. Furthermore, student progress is often glossed over or minimized by scores that are based on arbitrary and often developmentally inappropriate criteria.
Practice: At Chrysalis we don’t need to use state standardized testing to assess student learning. The value of small group and individualized instruction is that we can constantly gauge what our students know by assessing them in a variety of ways to determine the breadth and depth of their knowledge. While we will prepare students for the SAT and college by introducing test-taking strategies, we refuse to tie their success to a single number.