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Monroe County Schools Oppose “High Stakes Testing”

Two third grade students at Bloomington’s Clear Creek Elementary play ‘Concentration’ as part of teacher Amy Swafford’s lesson on syllables. The exercises were helping the students prepare for a statewide reading test.

The Monroe County Community School Corporation’s board has taken a stance opposing so-called “high stakes testing.”

Superintendent Judy DeMuth says the state may be too reliant  on state-mandated tests. She says while educators understand that students must be accountable for the tests, there are more effective ways time can be spent in the classroom.

“The concern regarding high stakes testing in terms of the time it takes from the classroom and also the financial picture,” DeMuth says. “The board is supportive of signing a resolution to get to our legislators to make sure that their aware that we really believe that pressure of those high stakes tests is not warranted and that we really would rather would put the money into using it for educating children instead of using it for testing.”

The school board will present the resolution for approval in June.

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