Palm Beach County School Board members added their voices Wednesday night to growing opposition to state-mandated testing and its consequences, unanimously adopting a resolution in protest.
The resolution was one of the actions board members decided on last week during a workshop.
The two-page “Resolution on Accountability” details a long list of problems related to the use of so-called “high-stakes” standardized tests to make decisions that affect individual students, teachers and schools.
The criticisms leveled by the document range from the literal cost of testing to the narrowing effect these tests have on the lessons taught in the classroom. It blames the tests for “pushing students out of school, driving excellent teachers out of the profession and undermining school climate.”