by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
For years, the John Locke Foundation has written about the Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) record of developing defective standardized tests. Most recently, I examined the state’s Common Core-based English tests and found that the elementary and middle school tests include relatively few English language questions and no traditional grammar, spelling, mechanics, or usage questions.
We’ve recommended that the state adopt independent, field-tested, and credible tests of student performance from one of the many testing companies offering such products. Taxpayers should demand that state education officials look into that option sooner, rather than later.