Standardized Test Results Show That “High Stakes Testing” Would Have “Devastating Consequences”

Posted: Feb, 23, 2012

Few people are aware of the devastating consequences that will follow from the Department of Education’s planned implementation in 2014 of a flawed “high stakes testing” requirement. That was the message today from community and civil rights groups which examined in thorough detail the statistics from the latest standardized test results (known as the “NECAP tests”) for Rhode Island students. Charts and graphs presented by the groups at a news conference today showed that the testing requirement will have a “stunning and severe” adverse impact on every community in the state.  Among the findings the groups released today, based on the 11th Grade NECAP math scores released two weeks ago:

The organizations all acknowledged the importance of high expectations for students, but argued that use of a standardized written test to determine whether students graduate was an inappropriate and irrelevant standard.  The groups cited a recent study by the National Academies of Sciences, which concluded that “high school exit exam programs . . . decrease the rate of high school graduation without increasing achievement.”

The groups participating in the news conference included the Rhode Island ACLU, Rhode Island Legal Services, Rhode Island Disability Law Center, Tides Family Services, and Young Voices.

Legislation in the General Assembly sponsored by Rep. Eileen Naughton and Sen. Harold Metts would bar the DOE’s implementation of high stakes testing, and instead would require school districts to provide the necessary supports to students to help them achieve.

Read comments from the participant's in the news conference.

Additional Documents:

•       Percentage of Students at Risk of Being Denied a Diploma, by District

•       Demographics of Students at Risk of Being Denied a Diploma, or To Receive a Diploma Marked as Less than Proficient