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[Susan notes: Note that the guest columnist referred to as defending the state test in this rebuttal is the chair of the Greeley school board. And Greeley is the hotbed of test resisters.



Kudos to Yvonne Siu-Runyan for not letting this knee-jerk defense of state testing pass unanswered. ]

Published in Greeley Tribune
02/28/2007

To the editor

How well students do on some high-stakes test score, such as the the Colorado Student Assessments Program tests, has nothing to do with how well they will succeed as adults, nor do those test scores tell the story about how well schools help students learn. In fact, high-stakes test scores tell very little.



There is irrefutable correlation between socio-economic status and high-stakes test scores, like the CSAP.



It is a sad day when students are deemed proficient or not proficient based on one high-stakes test score. The label schools give students has more impact on their success as adults than any high-stakes test score. How the learner views himself or herself, how schools help every student become all that they can be, and whether each student's talents and interests are nurtured are what make the difference.



I take exception to the notion that "As parents, the CSAP results for your children are your way to see if schools and teachers are delivering the knowledge and skills we are pledged to provide." (Reference: Bruce Broderius' guest column, "CSAP helps gain knowledge, skills to succeed in adulthood," Feb. 18 Tribune). There are way too many variables to make this statement. The best people to determine how well students are learning are the students themselves, their teachers and their parents. Together, they are better than any test score.



Heed the words of Albert Einstein, "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."





Yvonne Siu-Runyan


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