We continue to support efforts to further reduce both the frequency and reliance on statewide assessments in a timely and responsible manner.
CONCORD, NH – NEA-NH believes that of all the things we teach our kids, the most important is love of learning. Schools inspire children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn. No bubble test can measure a kid’s curiosity. So much happens at school that shapes our children’s tomorrows, that we must instill a love of learning, foster creativity, and teach critical thinking skills. Highly qualified, caring, dedicated teachers ensure that these things happen. Standardized tests do not.
We are fortunate that in New Hampshire there is not an over-reliance on these tests as they are not a significant factor in teacher evaluation, they are not used to determine school funding and they are not required for any student to graduate. We are also very pleased that New Hampshire continues to build on our efforts to empower our students and our teachers by reducing the amount of standardized testing in favor of more locally managed assessments that will be integrated into a student’s day-to-day work.
While we would like to see such tests eliminated, allowing more time for teaching and learning, the potential loss of funding to our Title I schools that such a blanket opt-out would generate is too high a price to pay. We continue to support efforts to further reduce both the frequency and reliance on statewide assessments in a timely and responsible manner.