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January 5, 2013

Examining a year in education

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COMMERCE — SUPERINTENDENT SPEAKS OUT ABOUT TESTING PRESSURE IN THE CLASSROOM

Commerce Independent School District Superintendent Blake Cooper is not afraid of accountability for school districts in standardized testing, but he said the state has gone overboard on it.

“We have high expectations for our kids, but when we spend 47 out of 180 school days on testing, then there’s too much testing,” he said. “When you take all that they want us to teach our kids in depth, there’s not enough time.”

Cooper said the state has put too much emphasis on test-taking and has put forth a system that doles out punishments.

“Instead of testing to see where we need to improve, it’s a punitive program,” he said. “When the reputation of a school district is based on the reading grade of a third grader, that’s where we’ve taken testing and accountability too far.”

Cooper said expectations for teachers are unreasonable and unhealthy for the children.

“In history you have 250 points they want us to cover over a year,” he said. “How can you teach to the depth and the rigor that is needed when you have to teach so much in so little time. It’s the difference between skimming the surface of a pool to clean the leaves from the top and getting a big cleaner and taking the time to suck up the dirt from the bottom.”

According to Cooper, it is both frustrating to him as an administrator and to teachers because of the stress placed on them.

“They can’t really teach creatively and spend the time to teach the critical thinking skill,” he said. “The state’s got to take the handcuffs off of the schools.”

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