Opinion: Schools need the autonomy to be unique — but they need accountability too
To the editor: Your recent editorial accurately captures the need for education standards that maintain accountability while emphasizing learning beyond standardized tests.
( “Respect for standardized tests,” Editorial, Aug. 26)
The Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced No Child Left Behind, provides teachers with flexibility, while maintaining standards that ensure our students are learning effectively.
States have been given the autonomy to design their own unique systems to measure student success, while being required to keep track of how the most vulnerable students are faring.
Ultimately, when we ask the question whether students — regardless of race, physical ability or socioeconomic status — are succeeding, standardized tests will help provide us the answer.
Rep. Susan A. Davis, Washington
The writer represents California’s 53rd Congressional District.
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