Re "Test scores stumble across state, region" (Our Region, Aug. 9): Sacramento City Unified Superintendent Jonathan Raymond now says that the latest STAR test results "show that these tests in many ways are not good indicators of students and learning" and that "these assessments are becoming less and less relevant" because they are "not aligned to the Common Core." On the other hand, earlier this week in The Bee, Raymond announced that, in the future, he wants to use test results to evaluate teachers. Schools have bent under the test culture of No Child Left Behind for the last 10 years. Everything else has been devalued, including the arts.
Now that a new set of tests aligned to the new "Common Core is being touted, the NCLB tests are rightfully being universally scorned. And who can doubt that, in the near future, the new tests will also be repudiated? Certainly parents, by now, have seen that the sorry reign of the test culture must come to an end.
-- Larry Tagg, Sacramento