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Steven Singer Points to POTUS’ Testing Hypocrisy: COVID Testing for All is Bad but Standardized Testing for Kids is Good

September 9, 2020

In a Common Dreams essay “Why Does Trump Hate COVID Testing But Love Standardized Testing” Steven Singer, an advocate for abandoning standardized testing in public education altogether, points out the blatant hypocrisy of the Trump administration. On the one hand, they don’t want to have widespread COVID tasing because it will make them “look bad” but on the other they want to ensure that the standardized tests are administered to schools because… well… it will make them look bad.

But like me in a blog post a few days ago, Mr. Singer excoriates the House Education Chair and highest ranking member of the Senate Education Committee for supporting the Trump administration:

And shame on Democrats like Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) who praised DeVos’s testing pronouncement.

Scott, who serves as chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, said in a statement:

There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic is having severe consequences for students’ growth and achievement, particularly for our most vulnerable students. We cannot begin to address these consequences, unless we fully understand them.

Um, we do understand them, Congressman. You don’t need a multiple choice assessment to see who is failing or why. It’s due to targeted disinvestment of the poor and children of color.

Murray, the highest ranking Democrat on the Senate education committee, said: 

Especially when it comes to the disparities that harm so many students of color, students with disabilities and students whose families have low incomes, we’ve got to have data that shows us where we’re falling short so we can better support those students.

How does a single test score from a corporation like Pearson show you more than a year’s worth of academic assessments from a school?

Bipartisanship should not be the litmus test for education legislation… sanity and clear thinking should be… and when it is, the era of test-and-punish will perish. 

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  1. Byron Knutsen
    September 9, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    As long as people do not want to have bipartisanship on issues, there never will be any unity of thought. That is like saying that only one party should control thought and decision. The liberals espouse that with Trump now. Imagine trying to run a marriage that way. Whoa, some thought.

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