Metro Nashville school board member Will Pinkston said this week that Gov. Haslam’s letter to students to motivate them for standardized testing “might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.”
Pinkston took to Twitter Monday to make his comments about the April 10 letter.
— Pinkston for Schools (@WillPinkston) April 18, 2017
In attempting to strike a friendly and encouraging tone, Haslam wrote “you may feel excited or maybe a little nervous” about standardized testing and somewhat oddly compared it to a yearly visit to the doctor’s office for a check-up.
Far from feeling excited about standardized testing, students and teachers alike in recent years have said testing takes up too much time and that tests are poorly written and too often address topics not covered in the curriculum, causing students to despair.
Schools across the state are engaged in TNReady testing this month, trying to leave behind the problems of last year when procedural glitches forced the state Department of Education to cancel its contract with the testing vendor and find a new one for this year.
Haslam’s letter implies that students will be pleased to know that a nonprofit with a bureaucratic-sounding name is behind them.
“The printing of this letter, along with the attached No. 2 pencil, was donated by the State Collaborative of Reforming Education (SCORE),” Haslam wrote.